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Refurbished Richmond Museum Offers New Talks Series
Tuesday, Apr 14, 2015
Refurbished Richmond Museum Offers New Talks Series
A freshly refurbished Richmond museum has launched a new series of monthly lectures.

The talks will be held in the grandeur of The Green Howards Museum’s Normanby Room, which boasts a fine collection of ‘Mousey’ Thompson furniture, art, silver and musical instruments.

Ranging from researching an elusive family member to the rigours of National Service, working in The Royal Palaces and the infamous Gallipoli campaign, there’s also a Museum Talk to mark the bicentenary of the Battle of Waterloo.

“Our 2015 series of Museum Talks all have a general military link, but you don’t have to have any connection to the Green Howards to enjoy what we have on offer,” explains the museum’s Curator and Director, Lynda Powell.  “We’re very proud of our ‘new’ museum and want to welcome everyone to the whole range of events and activities which we are now able to offer.  I think this year’s programme provides an excellent range of very intriguing topics, and everyone who attends a Talk will be contributing to the ongoing upkeep and development of the museum.”

The series starts on Friday 17 April with an illustrated talk about the extraordinary career and talent of artist, Fortunino Matania.  Speaker, Lucinda Gosling from the Mary Evans Picture Library, will explore the lengths to which the artist went to create his work.  One of Matania’s paintings, ‘The Menin Crossroads’, is currently the focus of the museum’s special exhibition about Ypres.  Talk attendees will be able to view the artwork during the evening. 

Museum Talks start at 7pm.  Tickets cost £4 each (Season ticket £20) and are available from the museum shop, by calling 01748 826561, or emailing


  • Friday 17 April.  Fortunino Matania - Art and Reality in The Great War.  Speaker: Lucinda Gosling.
  • Friday 22 May.  A wing, a prayer and a wireless - researching the life of Frederick Hyland.  Speaker: Jackie Depelle.
  • Friday 26 June. Obsession, glory and the making of history - William Siborne, historian and model maker, and his contribution to the study of the battle of Waterloo.  Speaker: Philip Abbott.
  • Friday 21 August.  Gallipoli.  Speaker: Peter Hart.
  • Friday 18 September.  Life of a Yeoman Warder.  Speaker: Kenny Mc Grath.
  • Friday 16 October.  National Service, a very personal experience.  Speaker: Alistair Tucker.

Full programme details available at

Photo: Lucinda Gosling from the Mary Evans Picture Library is the first Museum Talks speaker at The Green Howards Museum this season.

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