The Museum of  Richmond regularly holds events linked to exhibitions, local history topics, guest speakers and fundraising events.

To find out more about upcoming events visit our What’s On Page

Trumpeters’ House Garden Party

Saturday 15 June 2019, 2pm to 5pm

Relax in this beautiful garden sipping on your drink of choice and enjoy a delicious cake, whilst listening to summer sounds from the Barnes Concert Band.

Adults: £10, Friends: £8, Children aged 4 – 13: £5 , Under 4s: Free
Tickets include a glass of wine or a soft drink, tea and cake.

Admission by ticket only
Advance purchase available from the Museum, Open Book and by clicking here
Tickets also available on the door.

Many thanks to Waitrose and Partners, Richmond, who have sponsored the wine for this year’s event.


August Curator’s Tour

Saturday 3 August, 2pm

Discover more about some of the Museum of Richmond’s objects as the Curator shares her favourite stories from the collection.

Curator’s Tours are free. Please meet at the Museum’s front desk.




Curator’s Music Tour

Saturday 24 August, 2pm

To celebrate the Riverside Music Festival, the Curator will be sharing some of the musical stories on display in the Museum.

Curator’s Tours are free. Please meet at the Museum’s front desk.




Founding the Museum of Richmond

Tuesday 27 November Riverside Room, Old Town Hall

Doors open at 7pm, talk starts at 7:30pm
Tickets are £5, or £4 for Friends of the Museum

Available from the Museum, The Open Book on King’s Street, or by clicking here

A town like Richmond without a Museum – Unthinkable! The idea for a museum for Richmond first surfaced in 1843 but it took over 140 years for this to become reality. Come and hear Valerie Boyes, a member of the original Museum steering group and an ex Chair of the Museum Board reveal the fascinating story of how the efforts of John Cloake and a group of local residents made the Museum a reality.

November Curator’s Tour

Saturday 10 November, 2pm to 3pm

Discover more about some of the Museum of Richmond’s objects as the Curator shares her favourite stories from the collection.

Why The Big Issue began in sleepy Richmond

An evening with John Bird, the founder of The Big Issue
Monday 1 October 2018, Duke Street Church, Richmond

The Big Issue magazine was launched in 1991 in response to the growing number of rough sleepers on the streets of London. It offered people the opportunity to earn a legitimate income through selling a magazine to the public. Over twenty-five years on, their vendors come from a variety of backgrounds and face the myriad of problems associated with poverty and inequality.

In this fascinating talk, John Bird discussed his links to Richmond, why The Big Issue began here, and how this award- winning magazine continues to offer employment opportunities to people in poverty. The Big Issue Group has grown to a multi-million pound social investment business supporting enterprise to drive social change.

The Remarkable Ancient History of Ham – a talk by Gordon Elsden

July 2018

Did you know that the Parish of Ham originally extended as far as Robin Hood Gate on the other side of Richmond Park, and included all of the Tudor Estate, now in Kingston?

Is it possible that one of the earliest hunter gatherer bases in England was established by the river in Ham, some 10,000 years ago?

Is it true that one of the first places the Saxons settled in England was by the River Thames by Ham at the beginning of the 5th Century?

In this talk Gordon Elsden, author of ‘Remarkable Ham—the untold story’ gave a fascinating insight into the prehistoric and ancient events that occurred in Ham, so long ago.

The Museum also extended its opening times until 7pm  so visitors had an opportunity to visit the Museum’s current exhibition  ‘Archaeology: Richmond’s Prehistory.’


Museums at Night – Archaeology: A Murder Mystery

May 2018

Our Archaeology Workshop re-imagined for grown-ups! A body has been discovered! We need your help to finish the archaeological dig and uncover the story of the person buried long ago…

In this fun and relaxed evening workshop, visitors could discover how archaeologists work, how they decipher the past and how Museums use their collections to tell these stories. With the help of our Museum Team, they excavated a body and used the objects buried with it to piece together their story, celebrate the success of the dig with wine and nibbles!

There was also a chance to take an afterhours look at the Museum’s Archaeology Temporary Exhibition and discover more about the pre-history of the local area.

“We were looking for something fun to do in London one evening that wouldn’t break the bank. We honestly had the most lovely time at the museum’s event ‘Archaeology – A Murder Mystery (Museums At Night)’ – it was fun, relaxed, super interesting and definitely something a bit different! The museum itself is quite small and quaint and the group size wasn’t too big so there was a really nice atmosphere. In addition, as well as some talks there were also some fun archaeology activities that made the evening more interactive and encouraged people to talk to each other.The wine provided was honestly so nice which was a lovely surprise, and the nibbles were great too. Finally, both Rebecca and Vicky were SO amazing, super knowledgeable and friendly and were clearly SO passionate about the Museum and what they do. They had a really nice energy which created a lovely vibe. I definitely recommend! Big thumbs up.”

Byzantium – The Two eyes of Europe; a talk by Lord True

May 2018

This fascinating lecture focused on Italy as the bridge and dividing line, between the two Europes that emerged from the collapse of Roman power in the West in the Fifth Century AD. It illustrated the influences of the surviving Roman Empire centred at Constantinople (Istanbul) still visible in Italy, but examined the progressive alienation between the two Europes, in language, religion, politics, art and trade, and the creation of a rival concept of ‘Europe’ under Charlemagne; the schism between the Catholic and Orthodox churches; military attacks from the West against Eastern Christians; and the annexation of the Byzantine Eastern Mediterranean trade and territory by the Italian mercantile powers.

The talk asked, more widely, if a perception of the inferiority of eastern Christian culture still distorts modern attitudes to the countries of the Orthodox world. Can a relationship of mutual respect be established between East and West?


Museum of Richmond 30th Birthday Garden Party

June 2018

Celebrating the Museum’s 30th Anniversary and raising money to secure our future
by generous permission of Baroness van Dedem

On this glorious sunny day, guest could:

  • Listen to summer sounds from the Barnes Concert Band, playing a selection of musical arrangements of films, musicals, popular and classical music.
  • Try their luck at our Champagne Raffle and Silent Auction to win prizes worth over £3000!
  • Enter our Best Party Hat Competition—for children and adults.
  • Have a go at creating their own party hat, or bring a favourite from home.
  • Find out more about the Museum and its history: handle Museum objects and children can dress up like a Tudor.
  • Meet local societies and charities who have worked with the Museum over the past 30 years.
  • Relax in this beautiful garden sipping on your drink of choice and enjoy a delicious cake.