Well known as a popular destination for film food and art, The Station in Richmond is preparing to showcase its heritage to visitors.
The building’s rich history is detailed on 11 large information panels, illustrating the relationship between the railway and the town, those who worked on it and those who used it.
The panels will be installed later this month (Friday 15 April), and remain on show until July, when they will be removed for a couple of weeks to accommodate an art exhibition, then re-hung until September.
“The Station’s past is very much in evidence”, explains Alan Lomax, one of The Station’s volunteer tour guides, and who has been involved since the redevelopment project began in 2002. “The building still looks like a railway station and we’ve even got the platform to prove it, but the space inside is, of course, used in a totally different way. By explaining the heritage of the building to the people who use it regularly now, or who come to see us as part of their visit to Richmond, helps keep its history relevant and our appreciation of what’s been achieved here fresh.”
Regular tours of the building take place most Tuesdays at 11am as well as during the school holidays and on bank holiday weekends, with dates and times listed on The Station’s website.
Tours are on:
Tuesday 19 April - 11am
Tuesday 3 May - 11am
Tuesday 10 May - 11am
Tuesday 17 May - 11am
Sunday 22 May - 2pm
“We can also arrange bespoke tours for visiting groups or societies,” adds Alan. “We welcome anyone who would like to learn more about this fabulous building and it’s fascinating past.”
Photo: Volunteer Alan Lomax with some of the information panels which will be on show at The Station throughout the summer.