Workshops and activities

Activities to enjoy as part of the Know Your Place festival.

Researching Your House - a Beginner's Guide

Have you ever been curious about the people who lived in your house before you or what your house looked like originally? Join Lara Bond in a workshop designed to guide you through the resources available in the Richmond upon Thames Local Studies Library and Archive.

  • Date: Wednesday 4 and Wednesday 18 September
  • Time: 2.30 to 3.30pm
  • Location: Local Studies Search Room, Old Town Hall, Whittaker Avenue, Richmond TW9 1TP
  • Price: £5 in advance, £6 on the door (tickets on the door cannot be guaranteed)

Family History - a Beginner's Guide

Using a worked example of a local family Patricia Moloney will guide you through the resources available in the Richmond upon Thames Local Studies collection. She will demonstrate how to follow clues to discover information in unexpected places.

The Etherington family lived in the area for over 200 years. Patricia will demonstrate how the pieces of the jigsaw fit together to build up a picture of their lives.

  • Date: Thursday 5 and Friday 20 September
  • Time: 2.30 to 3.30pm
  • Location: Local Studies Search Room, Old Town Hall, Whittaker Avenue, Richmond TW9 1TP
  • Price: £5 in advance, £6 on the door (tickets on the door cannot be guaranteed)

Local Studies Behind-the-Scenes

Have you ever wondered what it’s like to work in Local Studies? How do you ensure that a 500 year-old document doesn’t fall apart? How do you find the right book when there are thousands to look through? Do you really have to wear white gloves? This workshop will shed light on what we do behind-the-scenes and will include the chance to see inside a working archive store.

  • Date: Thursday 19 and Tuesday 24 September
  • Time: 2.30 to 3.30pm
  • Location: Local Studies Search Room, Old Town Hall, Whittaker Avenue, Richmond TW9 1TP
  • Price: £5 in advance, £6 on the door (tickets on the door cannot be guaranteed)

Views and Vistas: Kew's Landmark Buildings and Plants

As part of the Richmond Know Your Place Festival 2019, the Archives team will show treasures from our Archives and talk about the Gardens' history. Learn about Kew’s historic buildings, which form our World Heritage Site, and also about some of the key plants and individuals who brought these plants to the Gardens.

There will be the opportunity to see rare maps of the Gardens, letters from Charles Darwin, Joseph Hooker papers, historic photographs and many other rare and interesting items. At the end of the talk, there will be the chance to see the 'Library, Art & Archives' display in our Wolfson Display space in the Reading Room.

  • Date: Thursday 26 September
  • Time: 11am to 12.30pm
  • Location: Library, Art & Archives, Kew Green, Kew TW9 3AE
  • Price: Tickets cost £5 and places are limited. Fee does not include entry to Kew Gardens

Updated: 6 November 2019