Welcome to the Hearsum Collection

Our charity collects and preserves the unique heritage of Richmond Park, the largest of London’s Royal Parks, for all to enjoy.

We have a diverse range of heritage material covering the last four centuries, with some 5000 items including antique prints, paintings, maps, postcards, photographs, documents, books and press cuttings. These are being catalogued by volunteers from the Friends of Richmond Park.

The Collection, currently stored in unsatisfactory accommodation in Pembroke Lodge in Richmond Park, is overseen by volunteers and a small number of staff. Plans are well advanced for a new purpose-built heritage centre to provide full public access to the Collection.

Our latest video features Sir David Attenborough

To learn more about the Collection and our plans for the future please watch our video on The Hearsum Collection.

In our latest video, featuring Sir David Attenborough, you can learn about the wild deer in Richmond Park.

What’s coming up in the next week

On Saturday 1 August and Wednesday 5 August, go for a guided walk to discover red and fallow deer, the rich flora & fauna, and learn more about Richmond Park’s hidden history

On Tuesday 4 August, come to our talk and find out how wild deer are cared for

On Wednesday 5 August and Friday 7 August, enjoy a performance of “The Wall”, the story of the creation of Richmond Park

My favourite object in the Collection

The Earl of Dysart's Family in Richmond Park by William Frederick Witherington (1785–1865)

Find out how one of the Collection’s paintings, with links to Ham House, particularly caught the eye of a Friends of Richmond Park History Project volunteer.

Why was a deer park created in Richmond?

A 17th century map in the Collection tells the story.

Our new project, Deer in the City

Deer in the City

A new free exhibition has opened at Pembroke Lodge as part of our new project Deer in the City. Supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund, Deer in the City seeks to share the history of the deer in Richmond Park and highlight the importance of protecting the park’s unique landscape. The programme of activities for the project also includes:

See our programme of events, find us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter

To learn more about the wild deer in Richmond Park watch our video featuring Sir David Attenborough