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.

What’s in a Name? Features of Richmond Park

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Have you ever wondered why particular places in the park are so called?   Max Lankester, a Hearsum Collection Trustee and an expert on the history of Richmond Park, answers these questions in an informative illustrated guide. Read What’s in a Name? Features of Richmond Park

Our latest video features Sir David Attenborough

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

What’s on

Visit our Heritage Lottery funded free exhibition, Deer in the City at Pembroke Lodge which is open daily until January 2016.

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.

Why was a deer park created in Richmond?

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

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.