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My life in Railways: from Doncaster to Lahore

Thursday 14 March 2024, 7:30pm to 8:30pm

My life in Railways: from Doncaster to Lahore
An evening with Grahame Boyes

Thursday 14 March 2024 7:30pm to 8:30pm
Doors open at 7:15pm
Talk and Q&A: 7:30pm to 8:30pm
Riverside Room, First Floor, Old Town Hall, Whittaker Avenue, Richmond, TW9 1TP

To attend the talk in person: £7.50

Join us for an evening with local resident Grahame Boyes, and discover how his childhood in Doncaster shaped his professional career in the Railways, which saw him travel as far afield as Glasgow in Scotland and Lahore in Pakistan.

Tickets are limited and pre-booking is advised

EXHIBITION: Artificial Silk – from Kew to the World

On until 1 June 2024

A special exhibition about a little-known local scientific invention with a huge global impact: the development of artificial silk.

Invented in Kew at the turn of the twentieth century, viscose rayon is a soft, silky textile made from wood pulp which is still one of the most widely produced fibres in the world today.

FREE ENTRY. Visit during usual Museum opening hours.

Coffee and Crafting – Craft workshops for adults

Dates throughout 2024

Fancy learning a new craft but not sure where to start?

Want to brush up on your craft skills?

Would you like to meet some fellow crafters?

Then join us for an afternoon of crafting and creativity!

In each workshop we explore the story behind a beautifully crafted object in the Museum’s collection and how it helps us tell the story of Richmond, and use the object as inspiration for a craft project based on the object and the skills needed to create it. No experience needed – absolute beginners very welcome.

Everyone gets a beautifully designed information booklet about the objects we explore, their history and the craft techniques covered in the workshop, along with a goody bag of materials so you can keep crafting at home.

These workshops are ‘donate what you can’ to help us keep them open to as many people as possible.

Booking essential as places are limited

Workshops are held at the Museum, between 1pm to 3pm on the following dates:

Wednesday 24 and Saturday 27 January: Beading inspired by a pair of Edwardian Beaded Wedding Shoes
Goody bag contents will include: information booklet, embroidery hoop, felt, beading needles, thread and a selection of beads

Wednesday 21 and Saturday 24 February: Cross Stitch Sampler inspired by a Georgian Sampler
Goody bag contents will include: information booklet, aida/joblene material, embroidery needle, selection of embroidery floss/thread

Wednesday 20 and Saturday 23 March: Patchwork inspired by a WWII patchwork dress
Goody bag contents will include: information booklet, English Paper Piecing templates, fabric glue sticks, needle, thread and a selection of fabrics

Wednesday 17 and Saturday 20 April: Quilting inspired by a Victorian silk skirt
Goody bag contents will include: information booklet, a pre-prepared patchwork square, wadding, backing material, thread, needle, and bias binding

Wednesday 15 and Saturday 18 May: Embroidery inspired by an embroidered silk Georgian Waistcoat
Goody bag contents will include: information booklet, embroidery hoop, fabric pen, needle, fabric to embroider, and a selection of embroidery floss

Wednesday 12 and Saturday 15 June: Crochet mandalas inspired by a crochet dress
Goody bag contents will include: information booklet, crochet hook and a selection of yarn

Wednesday 16 and Saturday 19 October, Blackwork embroidery, inspired by mourning wear and ghost stories from Richmond Palace!
Goody bag contents will include: information booklet, aida/joblene material, embroidery needle, selection of embroidery floss/thread

Wednesday 13 and Saturday 16 November, Embroidered cards, inspired by embroidered postcards sent in WWI
Goody bag contents will include: information booklet, embroidery hoop, fabric pen, needle, fabric to embroider, a selection of embroidery floss and a card to attach your design to.

Wednesday 11 and Saturday 14 December, Paper Decoupage Christmas Cards, inspired by the Museum’s Christmas card collection
Goody bags will include: information booklet, card blanks, glue sticks, and a selection of decoupage materials

Curator’s Tours

Every Thursday at 2pm

Join the Museum Team and discover more of the secrets and stories behind the Museum’s collection by at one of our FREE Curator’s tours. 

Every Thursday at 2pm. No need to book – just head to the Museum’s reception. 

Tours last 20-30 minutes.

Every month has a different theme:

February: Prehistoric Richmond

March: Victorian Richmond

April: Artificial Silk

May: Richmond in WWII

June: Tudor Richmond

July: TBC

August: No tours – break for the summer

September: TBC

October: Ghosts, Magic and Murder!

November: Richmond in WWI

OUR USUAL OPENING TIMES

Usual opening hours:

Tuesday to Fridays, 11am to 5pm
Saturdays, 10am to 4pm.

FREE ENTRY!

We are closed on Sundays and Mondays, including Bank Holidays

We will open at:
– 2pm pm on Friday 17 May
– 1pm on Saturday 18 May
– apologies for any inconvenience!

We will be closed:
– from 2pm on 23 May 2024, as we will be hosting a private event

HOW TO GET HERE

Find us
2nd Floor, Old Town Hall, Whittaker
Avenue, Richmond, TW9 1TP
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