The Collection and its stories

The Hearsum Collection has diverse items from over 400 years of history relating to Richmond Park.

They tell stories about kings and queens, prime ministers, and other notable personalities including a leading philosopher, the campaign for public access, the impact of two world wars, changing patterns of sport and recreation – including the Olympics in 1948 and 2012, and connections with visitors from around the world.

The First World War and Richmond Park

Richmond Park has been the scene of many military-related developments over the years, not least during the First World War. This antique postcard from the Hearsum Collection shows one such instance, the military hospital built for South African troops, located between Conduit Wood and Bishop’s Pond.

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