Individuals or groups living in Richmond will soon be able to apply for funding to help to improve local areas and communities.

In addition an exhibition that celebrates five centuries of history through the lens of a road in Richmond will be curated by the Museum of Richmond.

Cllr Michael Wilson, Lead Member for Communities at Richmond Council, said: “The Museum of Richmond works hard to preserve our borough’s rich history and educate people on our interesting past.

"By bringing the stories of Queen’s Road, they will be promoting the little-known history of this part of Richmond, encouraging residents of that area to be proud of their local heritage and inspire others to get involved in the community.

"This project fits well with the objectives of Civic Pride and we are pleased to support it.”

Money is being taken from Richmonds Civic Pride Fund and groups can apply to received up to £5,000 or funding and individuals could apply for up to £1,000.

The exhibition will focus on the social history of Queen’s Road in Richmond – named after Queen Victoria.

It will tell the story of how the road developed from a muddy track through the countryside to a thriving modern community by looking at the lives of the residents, as well as the buildings they lived in.

The exhibition will also include family activities, workshops and talks.

An Arts Award Summer School programme will also be coordinated.

Funding will be used to support the delivery of 56 free places for children to attend family workshops, 5 free spaces on the Arts Award Summary School for young people on the Queen’s Road Estate, free sessions at the museum for residents of the Estate and two private viewing sessions of the exhibition.

The exhibition is set to open in early February 2020.