Talks

Notable historians are giving talks on a variety of local subjects throughout the Know Your Place festival.

Hampton in Old Photos

Speaker: John Sheaf

This heavily illustrated talk tells the history of Hampton through old photos which are mainly from the speaker’s collection formed over more than 30 years. Starting with the very earliest photos of Hampton from the 1850’s and then covering early days of the trams we move on to early aerial views. We then embark on a photographic journey round the main roads and a number of the principal buildings of Hampton, in the late 1920’s.

  • Date: Tuesday 4 September
  • Time: 7.30 to 8.30pm
  • Location: Hampton Library
  • Price: Tickets £5 in advance £6 on the door. Tickets on the door cannot be guaranteed.

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The History of All Hallows Church

Speaker: Kathryn Elliott

Kathryn has been the Parish Historian at All Hallows for 5 years.

In this illustrated talk she will tell the story of how one of the oldest City of London Churches came to be rebuilt in Twickenham during World War II.

  • Date: Tuesday 11 September
  • Time: 7 to 8 pm
  • Location: Twickenham Library
  • Price: £5 in advance, £6 on the door. Tickets on the door cannot be guaranteed

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Whatever Happened to Edwardian Mortlake

Speaker: David Deaton

William Lewis Turner’s collection of 90 drawings from 1903 to 1911 creates a vivid picture of Mortlake and East Sheen before the First World War. In this talk David Deaton will show how some of Turner’s scenes have changed over the last 100 years while others have hardly altered.

Talk followed by tea and biscuits.

  • Date: Thursday 13 September
  • Time: 7.15 to 8.15pm
  • Location: East Sheen Library
  • Price: £5 in advance, £6 on the door. Tickets on the door cannot be guaranteed

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A Violent Curiosity: Investigating the Link between Homicide and Celebrity in Victorian Britain

Speaker: Professor Anne-Marie Kilday

This talk looks at the vicious murder committed by Kate Webster in 1879 at the house of her mistress in Richmond, to examine why murder has always held such a fascination for the general public.

  • Date: Friday 14 September
  • Time: 2.30 to 3.30pm
  • Location: Richmond Library Annexe, Quadrant Road, Richmond TW9 1DH
  • Price: £5 in advance £6 on the door. Tickets on the door cannot be guaranteed

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Richmond in the 1970s: discos, flares and planning blight

Speaker: Simon Fowler

This talk will look at how Richmond changed during the 1970s. The town and the people who lived here changed dramatically during the decade. Come along and find why and how this happened and share your stories. As well as nostalgia inducing photographs we hope to be showing films from the 1970s.

Simon Fowler is vice-chairman of Richmond Local History Society. He moved to area in the early-1980s to work at the Public Record Office. He’s now a freelance researcher, tutor and writer. 

  • Date: Monday 17 September
  • Time: 8 to 9pm
  • Location: Duke Street Baptist Church
  • Price: Free for members of the Richmond Local History Society. Visitors are asked to donate £4. No booking necessary. 

High Street Whitton

Speaker: Ed Harris

Whitton is made up of three elements: Old Whitton, Whitton Town and Heathfield, each with its own identity. What brings them together as one community is the High Street, probably the finest example of quality interwar shopping parade architecture in the borough.

  • Date: Tuesday 18 September
  • Time: 7 to 8pm
  • Location: Whitton Library
  • Price: £5 in advance £6 on the door. Tickets on the door cannot be guaranteed

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The Lost Treasures of Strawberry Hill

Speaker: Dr Silvia Davoli

In 1842 over 6000 objects belonging to the Strawberry Hill Collection, including art works, curiosities and beautiful pieces of porcelain were sold in the ‘Sale of the Century’.

This October over 150 items from Horace Walpole’s renowned collection at Strawberry Hill will be returned to the beautiful gothic revival castle. Co-curator of the exhibition, Dr Silvia Davoli explains how she traced items from the famed collection.

  • Date: Wednesday 19 September
  • Time: 6.30 to 7.30pm
  • Location: Strawberry Hill House
  • Price: £10 in advance £12 on the door. Tickets on the door cannot be guaranteed

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The Time Traveller’s Guide to Restoration Britain

Speaker: Dr Ian Mortimer

If you could travel back in time, the period from 1660 to 1700 would make one of the most exciting destinations in history.

But what would it really be like to live in Restoration Britain? Where would you stay and what would you eat? What would you wear and where would you do your shopping? In this talk Dr Ian Mortimer answers the crucial questions that a prospective traveller would ask.

  • Date: Thursday 20 September
  • Time: 7.30 to 8.30pm
  • Location: Old Town Hall
  • Price£10

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The History and Mystery of Maps

Speaker: Tony Painter

The History and Mystery of Maps is a presentation covering the development of early maps, old maps of Great Britain, County Maps, the Ordnance Survey, Military Maps, online maps, local history in maps and some cartographic oddities including Russian maps of the UK.

  • Date: Tuesday 25 September
  • Time: 7 to 8pm
  • Location: Teddington Library
  • Price: £5 in advance £6 on the door. Tickets on the door cannot be guaranteed

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Who’s Buried Where in Richmond

Speaker: Peter Matthews

Richmond has had royal connections since the 12th century, but in the 18th century it became a fashionable place to live, attracting people such as Alexander Pope, David Garrick and Horace Walpole. Since then it has been home to many famous people. This illustrated talk describes the last resting places of many of them, mostly in the graveyards and cemeteries of the borough, but also elsewhere in London. The cast list includes celebrated artists, musicians, writers, explorers, scientists, actors and entertainers.

  • Date: Wednesday 26 September
  • Time: 2.30 to 3.30pm
  • Location: Richmond Library Annexe, Quadrant Road, Richmond TW9 1DH
  • Price: £5 in advance £6 on the door. Tickets on the door cannot be guaranteed

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The Suffragette Pilgrimage of 1913

Speaker: Teresa Vanneck-Surplice

The Suffragette Pilgrimage of 1913 was a march in Britain by suffragists campaigning non-violently for women's suffrage organised by the National Union of Women's Suffrage Societies. Women marched to London from all around England and Wales and 50,000 attended a rally in Hyde Park. Teresa will conclude her talk with the contribution of the women of Richmond.

  • Date: Thursday 27 September
  • Time: 2.30 to 3.30pm
  • Location: Old Town Hall
  • Price: £5 in advance £6 on the door. Tickets on the door cannot be guaranteed

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Ham is Where the Heart is 2 years on!

Speaker: Jill Lamb

This Heritage Lottery funded project to record oral histories for ham and Petersham was launched in 2016. Come along and hear what has been achieved and uncovered in the last two years.

  • Date: Friday 28 September
  • Time: 3 to 4pm
  • Location: Ham Library
  • Price: £5 in advance £6 on the door. Tickets on the door cannot be guaranteed

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Updated: 17 July 2018