Play, Protest and Pelicans: A People’s History of London’s Royal Parks
20 November 2019 – 9 February 2020 at the Garden Museum, London

This exhibition will explore the secret histories of London’s Royal Parks. From Royal hunting grounds to debauched pleasure gardens, from wartime training grounds to the heart of protests and rallies, Royal Parks have a rich and varied past. They have played a vital social role throughout the centuries, providing a gathering place and sanctuary for London’s ever-evolving population. Featuring paintings, photographs and artefacts from The Hearsum Collection, this exhibition will celebrate these green spaces and explore their shared heritage.

Creation and preservation of Richmond Park
Open daily by the gates to Pembroke Lodge.

Online versions:
Creation board
Preservation board

Deer in the City
Open daily by the gates to Pembroke Lodge.

Deer in the City external exhibition online version

The secondary exhibition displayed inside Pembroke Lodge has now ended.

Deer in the City internal exhibition online version

This 2015 Heritage Lottery-funded project explained the unusual presence of 630 deer in a capital city and highlighted the importance of protecting Richmond Park’s unique landscape. During the course of a month, more than 14,000 people visited our pop-up pavilion, exhibition and events.

Richmond Park: images from The Hearsum Collection

Open daily at Pembroke Lodge

West London Wonders: family activity trail
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Richmond Park and the First World War (1914-18)
July 2014 to July 2015 at Pembroke Lodge
Click here to see the exhibition online

Parks: Our Shared Heritage
7 April to 28 May 2017, Farmleigh, Dublin
27 July to 11 August 2017 at The Mall Galleries, London
An exploration of the rich and previously hidden heritage of London’s Royal Parks and Phoenix Park, sister park to Richmond Park. Organised by The Hearsum Collection in partnership with The Royal Parks and the Republic of Ireland’s Office of Public Works. An unprecedented number of visitors attended the exhibition at Farmleigh, including the Prince of Wales and the President of Ireland. The exhibition at The Mall Galleries was opened by John Glen, Minister for Arts, Heritage and Tourism, and subsequently visited by Princess Alexandra.

The Mall Galleries ‘Our Shared Heritage catalogue’

Richmond Park Open Day, Sunday 23rd September 2018
Discover more about the work, wildlife and history of Richmond Park, take part in activities and meet the Shire horses. Visit The Hearsum Collection’s exhibition, which will link with this year’s theme of the First World War.

Celebrating Our Shared Heritage
Sunday 3 November 2019, 1.30pm – 3.30pm
The Belvedere Suite, Pembroke Lodge

Annual event with afternoon tea to celebrate and share our local heritage, organised by Richmond Local History Society in partnership with The Hearsum Collection. Short talks about the history of Richmond Park and related topics and an opportunity to find out more about local history and archaeology societies.

For further information and booking details, please visit https://www.richmondhistory.org.uk/