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Know Your Place with Richmond Libraries this September!

31 August 2021

Throughout September, Richmond's Local Studies Library and Archive invites you to delve deeper into the fascinating history of Richmond upon Thames through the Know Your Place Festival.

The borough's rich history will be explored through a series of online talks by notable historians, behind the scenes videos, downloadable resources and guided walks.

Programme highlights include:

  • An online talk on Cardinal John Henry Newman, who spent his childhood in Ham and was canonised in 2019
  • An illustrated talk telling the history of Station Road, Hampton through old photos, maps, plans, aerial images
  • A talk by Melanie Backe-Hansen on tracing the history of your house on Monday 13 September at Duke Street Church, Richmond
  • A talk by Ed Harris on Whitton, Heathfield and Hounslow Heath where King James II trained the largest army ever assembled on British soil in peacetime, staged the first ever Royal Military Tattoo and built a hospital designed by Wren
  • An online talk on the soldier, boxer and stuntman, Chick 'Cocky' Knight, who lived in Castelnau in Barnes and saved two people from drowning in the Thames in 1930
  • A film on Eel Pie Island’s history working boatyards

Visit the Know Your Place web page for a full list of activities and start celebrating the heritage of Richmond upon Thames.

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Updated: 31 August 2021