Activities to enjoy as part of the Know Your Place festival.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Updated: 1 July 2019