Museum of Richmond, Richmond, Surrey TW9 1TP
PUBLISHED: 10:03 22 April 2011 | UPDATED: 17:18 20 February 2013
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.