CHRISTMAS OFFER Subscribe to Surrey Life today CLICK HERE

Museum of Richmond, Richmond, Surrey TW9 1TP

PUBLISHED: 10:03 22 April 2011 | UPDATED: 17:18 20 February 2013

Museum of Richmond, Richmond, Surrey TW9 1TP

Museum of Richmond, Richmond, Surrey TW9 1TP

The Museum of Richmond celebrates the rich heritage of Richmond, Ham, Petersham and Kew.

Originally published in Surrey Life magazine May 2010


Museum of Richmond


Old Town Hall, Whittaker Avenue,
Richmond TW9 1TP: 0208 332 1141
Opening times: Tuesday to Saturday, 11am-5pm
Curator: Sue Barber


What is the museum best-known for?
Celebrating the rich heritage of Richmond, Ham, Petersham and Kew.


Tell us your favourite local history story
It would have to be the one about the little-known hero, John Lewis, an 18th century Richmond resident who successfully fought for the right to walk in Richmond Park. Falling on hard times in his later life, he was given a small annuity by the grateful inhabitants of Richmond whose cause he had championed.


Which is your favourite item in the collection?
One of our more unusual items is a cardboard wedding cake that (because sugar was rationed) was used by a local resident during the Second World War. A great insight into what life was like during this period.


...and the strangest?
A pair of concealed shoes found in Trumpeters House in Richmond. The practice of concealing shoes in buildings to ward off evil dates back to the Middle Ages. Shoes were hidden in places where witches or evil spirits could gain access, such as chimneys, walls, roofs or under floorboards.

More from Surrey Life

Yesterday, 16:06

Education expert Dr Ryan Hinchey, Coordinator of College Counselling at ACS International School, with campuses in Cobham, Egham and Hillingdon, answers your questions

Read more
Yesterday, 11:34

Surrounded by reservoirs and located on the banks of the famous river from which it takes its name, Staines-upon-Thames (as it is now called) is a town working to reshape its future and celebrate its picturesque riverside setting

Read more
Mon, 16:30

She may have recently moved to the seaside, but Surrey still holds a uniquely “precious” place in the heart of legendary children’s author Dame Jacqueline Wilson – not to mention the crucial role the county played in bringing everyone’s favourite and newly-returning feisty foster-kid to life

Read more
Mon, 11:59

Great things to do in Surrey this weekend (23, 24 and 25 November): art exhibitions, walks, concerts, theatre, places to visit and other events and ideas.

Read more
Thursday, November 15, 2018

Surrey is full of secret hideaways and hidden gems. Slades Farm on the Wintershall Estate is definitely one of them

Read more
Wednesday, November 14, 2018

The new hotel is set to open in spring 2019 and will be located in the heart of the vineyard, offering sweeping views over the North Downs Way.

Read more
Tuesday, November 13, 2018

From Santa’s Grottos, to Victorian Christmas markets and late-night shopping, we’ve covered what’s on in Surrey this season

Read more
Tuesday, November 13, 2018

Whether you're looking for fine dining, pub grub or exotic dishes, eating out in Surrey has something for everyone. Here's our guide to the best local restaurants and pubs

Read more
Tuesday, November 13, 2018

Having bloomed in Brighton’s restaurant scene over the past decade, The Chilli Pickle opened its second site in Guildford this summer

Read more
Monday, November 12, 2018

Historic Royal Palaces and IMG have announced that Kylie Minogue is the first headliner confirmed for Hampton Court Palace Festival 2019. These will be her only London shows of summer 2019. Here’s how you can get tickets

Read more
Monday, November 12, 2018

Enjoy this linear rail to ramble section of the Thames Down Link route taking the short train-ride from Box Hill & Westhumble to Ashtead before walking back

Read more
Tuesday, November 6, 2018

It’s that time of year when our beautiful countryside is alight with the colours of autumn. Here, we pick out some of her favourite spots to enjoy the seasonal splendour – as well as some perfect places for a post-walk refresher

Read more
Tuesday, November 6, 2018

Found on the stretch of the River Thames between Weybridge and East Molesey, Sunbury-on-Thames is blessed with a village feel where it meets the water. From antique hunts to the joys of river life, here are a few of our favourite reasons to visit

Read more
Monday, November 5, 2018

Verity & Violet are Loui and Jess – a singing duo from Surrey who specialise in blending vintage classics with modern favourites. The two have achieved success in the capital, but are now hoping to attract an audience closer to home

Read more

Newsletter Sign Up

Sign up to the following newsletters:

Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter

Our Privacy Policy

Topics of Interest


Follow us on Twitter


Like us on Facebook

Subscribe or buy a mag today

subscription ad

Local Business Directory

Property Search