Environment Trust and the Mortlake with East Sheen Society open the private St Leonards Air Raid Shelter to the public every year for Open House. But what was the war like for the residents of St Leonards Court as they hid in the shelter?

On 15th October noted local historian Simon Fowler will discuss how the Second World War affected ordinary people in Richmond and Mortlake. The lecture will consider the reasons that such shelters were built, the experiences of people who used them and other shelters in the area. In addition, Simon will discuss the air raids that took place in the area, the role that Richmond Park played in the war effort, and what it was like to grow up in Richmond during the War.

Simon Fowler is an experienced local historian, teacher and researcher. Richmond History Society published Richmond at War in 2017. Copies will be available at the lecture.

Tickets cost £12 (£10 for members of Environment Trust) and include a glass of wine on arrival.

Door open from 6:30pm

The lecture will start at 7pm

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Banner image: Constructing the air raid shelter on Richmond Green (Richmond Archives and Local Studies) Right image: interior of St Leonards Air Raid Shelter as found in 2009 (Environment Trust)

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