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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

Online Talk – Artificial Silk: From Kew to the World

Thursday 29th June 2023, 7.30pm

Guests joined our Curator to learn more about a little-known scientific invention of global significance: the development of artificial silk at Kew.

‘Viscose rayon’ remains one of the most widely produced textiles in the world today, and this talk touched on themes including fashion, environmental sustainability and manufacturing hazards, both current and historical.

This talk accompanied the special temporary exhibition, ‘Artificial Silk: From Kew to the World’, and was part of the Richmond Arts and Ideas Festival.


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Trumpeters’ House Garden Party 2023

Saturday 24th June 2023, 2pm to 5pm

Trumpeters’ House, Old Palace Yard, Richmond, TW9 1PD

Saturday 24 June 2023, 2pm to 5pm

We welcomed guests to relax in this beautiful garden whilst enjoying a delicious cake and drinks and listening to amazing Barnes Concert Band.

Tickets were once again sold-out and visitors were able to support their local Museum and explore the garden of one of Richmond’s most historic houses.

Special thanks to the owners of Trumpeters’ House for generously allowing the Museum to run this event again for another year.

Coffee and Crafting

October, November and December 2022

In each workshop we explored the story behind a beautifully crafted object in the Museum’s collection and how it helps us tell the story of Richmond.

We then used the object as inspiration for a craft project based on the object and the skills needed to create it.

Participants received a goody bag of materials to help them continue crafting at home. We also provided tea, coffee and snacks during the tea break so you the group could have a relaxed chat with like-minded crafters.

To help keep these workshops open to as many people as possible, in this time of ever rising prices, we asked participants to donate what they could to help cover the costs of the materials and keep the workshops going.

Wednesday 5 and Saturday 8 October: we looked at an exquisite Georgian embroidered waistcoat and had a go at creating our own embroidery designs.

Wednesday 2 and Saturday 5 November: we had a go at embroidery inspired by a WWI embroidered postcard, sent home as a souvenir from The Front.

Wednesday 30 November and Saturday 3 December: after being inspired by a sampler book from the Museum’s collection, we had a go at creating our own samplers

Curator’s Tours – The Poppy Factory Exhibition

Every Saturday in November 2022, 11am

Free tours where members of the Museum Team shared the stories behind some of their favourite objects on display in the exhibition, ‘Richmond Remembers: 100 Years of The Poppy Factory.’

Online Talk – The Poppy Factory: 100 Years of History

Tuesday 8th November 2022, 7.30pm

A talk by our Museum Curator which engaged an online audience with the history of The Poppy Factory; this year celebrating its centenary.

Founded in the aftermath of the First World War as a means to employ disabled ex-servicemen, The Poppy Factory continues today to produce poppies and support the Armed Forces community from its home on Petersham Road.

This talk accompanied a free exhibition at the Museum: ‘Richmond Remembers: 100 Years of The Poppy Factory’ (27th September 2022 – Spring 2023).

The Artists Rifles

18 October 2022

Tuesday 18 October 2022

Kindly hosted by: The Poppy Factory, 20 Petersham Road, Richmond, TW10 6UR

In person and online

As part of a series of events to accompany the exhibition, ‘Richmond Remembers: 100 Years of The Poppy Factory’, the historian Patrick Baty gave us a fascinating insight into the history of the Artists Rifles – perhaps the most curious regiment in the British Army. Baty served in the Artists Rifles for ten years and is the regimental archivist. 

The regiment’s members included William Morris, Frederic Leighton and even the poet Algernon Swinburne. It was natural choice for young men of an artistic persuasion in 1914 and after WWII the regiment took an unusual transformation, where many of its early traditions were maintained, in spite of very different times.


Tuesday 13th September 2022

This talk by Vice-Chair of the Museum’s Board of Trustees, Rose Barling, explored the story of the Hotel Stuart: 60 years of a family business in a classic Richmond location.




Online Talk – The Richmond Murderess

Tuesday 12th July, 7.30pm

In this talk our Learning and Audience Development Officer told the gruesome tale of one of Richmond’s most infamous yet little-known crimes: the murder of Julia Martha Thomas by her maid, Kate Webster, in 1879.




Trumpeters’ House Garden Party 2022

25 June 2022, 2pm to 5pm

Trumpeters’ House, Old Palace Yard, Richmond, TW9 1PD

Saturday 25 June, 2pm to 5pm

We welcomed guests to the beautiful gardens of Trumpeters’ House, to enjoy cake, tea and wine whilst being entertained by the Barnes Concert Band.

Thank you very much to the owners of Trumpeters’ House for their support of the Museum and enabling us to run this fantastic event again. We were delighted that tickets were SOLD OUT for another year running!


Swords Reluctant

Tuesday 24 May 2022

Swords Reluctant: Max Pemberton, Max Waechter and the European Unity League
A talk by Professor Ulrich Tiedau, University College London

Tuesday 24 May 2022

The European Unity League was created by Richmond resident Sir Max Waechter, who spent years touring Europe trying to bring the organisation to life. This talk focused on Sir Max Pemberton’s 1912 novel War and the Woman, also known as Swords Reluctant – a little known aspect of the League’s publicity campaign,  and explored Pemberton’s semi-fictitious account of the League, what it can reveal about its significance, and assess the novel as an artefact in its own right.