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.

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

Our latest video features Sir David Attenborough

David Attenborough w Crew

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

What’s on

Our project Deer in the City, supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund, has been sharing the history of the deer in Richmond Park and highlighting the importance of protecting the park’s unique landscape. In July and August 2015, we ran a programme of free activities, related to deer, for members of the public.  As the programme was time-limited, the activities, which were very popular, have now come to an end. However, the free exhibition on the Deer in the City in the entrance hall of Pembroke Lodge remains open.

You can also visit, online, Richmond Park and the First World War (1914-1918), the exhibition that we displayed in Pembroke Lodge’s entrance hall from July 2014 to July 2015.

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.