Local history weekends at The National Archives

Saturday 3 – Sunday 4 September and Saturday 1 – Sunday 2 October

11:00-16:00 at The National Archives, Bessant Drive, Richmond, TW9 4DU

Illustration by Charlotte Trounce

The National Archives is running two local history weekends for locals in the Kew and Richmond-upon-Thames area, in partnership with Richmond Local History Society and Kew Society.

Join us to discover fascinating local stories of residents from 100 years ago – the refugees from the Russian revolution, the showman, the artists, the female publicans and so many more!

Have a look for yourself to discover who lived in your house or street with free access to the 1921 Census and add your own house to our special 1921 map of Kew. Get help and research advice from our resident records specialists, including tips on how to search our collections for people with Black heritage.

With family activities and pop-up talks, tasty treats in our café from The Original Maids of Honour, unique gifts and books in our shop, and an opportunity to enjoy our park and wildlife, there’s something for visitors of all ages.

Portrait photo of Klaus Fuchs, wearing a suit and tie and round glasses.

Klaus Fuchs (ref. KV 2/1245)

There will even be a display of original documents on both Sundays, for those who want to see history up close. Highlights range from curious mementos of local life: a photo of Victoria Working Men’s Club, located on Sandycombe Road until 2015; original 1920s wallpaper samples from Sanderson & Sons, manufactured just over the river in Chiswick; to fascinating pieces documenting events of international relevance: the Italian prisoners of war fighting with local British servicemen; Klaus Fuchs, Cold War spy, and records of his rendezvous points in Kew.

No booking is required to visit, come along whenever you like; bookings are only advised for those wishing to attend the Time Travel Club sessions while on site, as places are likely to fill up quickly. Whether you’re passionate about history, have never visited before, or are just popping in for a slice of cake, our friendly team will be happy to show you the way.

The weekends are part of Know Your Place heritage festival.