Museum of Richmond
For centuries Richmond has been a centre of fashion and the arts, as well as home to several of Britain’s monarchs. Formerly the historical borough of Shene, Richmond was founded following King Henry VII’s building of Richmond Palace in the 16th century, named after the King’s earldom in Richmond, North Yorkshire.
Even before the building of the Palace, the area had long been a seat of the monarchy and the elite, ranging from King Henry I to King Richard II. The re-establishment of Richmond as a popular retreat of the royalty and aristocracy, both of England and elsewhere, led to the rapid economic development of Richmond as an attractive tourist destination and centre of leisure.
This reputation still holds true today, as Richmond is considered one of the most sought-after boroughs of London, as well as one of its most beautiful, and many famous personalities still choose to make Richmond their home.
The Museum of Richmond celebrates the rich heritage of Richmond, Ham, Petersham and Kew and, through the exhibition and education programmes, all other areas of the borough. The colourful displays span from mediaeval times to the present day. It is ideal for family visits: admission is free, and there are always lots of activities to keep children entertained. The museum is close to the River Thames and to Richmond Green.
The collection covers the area of the old pre-1965 Borough of Richmond which comprised Richmond, Ham, Petersham and Kew. The foundation of the collection came from the Borough collection then stored at Orleans House, but has grown considerably over the years. It should also be noted that, through a wide-ranging education service and special exhibitions, the Museum embraces the whole area of the present London Borough of Richmond upon Thames. In addition to comprehensive permanent displays, the Museum of Richmond has a rotating schedule of touring exhibitions, as well as those developed and curated by the staff of the Museum itself. As these temporary exhibitions change throughout the year, no two visits to the Museum are the same