Elizabeth I letter among museum gems

10:05am Friday 7th April 2006

By Hannah Farquharson

A letter from Queen Elizabeth I and many other fascinating documents and prints feature in a new exhibition at the Museum of Richmond.

The exhibition, A Rich Heritage, which runs from April 5 to October 7, features a selection of items from the Local Studies Collection of the London Borough of Richmond upon Thames.

The oldest document on show is a parchment letter dated July 16, 1591, from Elizabeth I regarding the orchard of her manor at Richmond.

Other items from the collection include the original manuscript of Kit and Kitty by Richard Doderidge Blackmore of Teddington, author of Lorna Doone, the travelling diary from 1824 to 27 of Miss Laetitia Matilda Hawkins of Twickenham, and an 1802 examination book from Hampton.

Among the wealth of engraved and aquatinted imagery on display is The House of Moses Glover between Twickenham and Isleworth and a selection from the 150 deep and subtle platinum prints of members of the Royal families of Europe and Asia from the first part of the 20th century taken by royal photographer W. S. Stuart of Richmond.

The exhibition takes place at the Museum of Richmond, Old Town Hall, Richmond.

The Museum is open from 11.00am to 5.00pm, Tuesday to Saturday, entrance is free.

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