Crowds of mostly women climbing the stairs to fit onto an omnibus

Richmond WW1 Diary 13 May 1917

London bus drivers strike |  In May 1917, Richmond was affected by the London-wide strike by bus drivers. Unrest had been growing as the war dragged on and wages failed to keep pace with the rising costs of food and basic necessities. In February 1915 in Scotland, Clydeside armament workers went out for higher pay.…

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Richmond WW1 Diary 26 June 1915

Suspected German imprisoned On 26 June 1915 the Richmond Herald ran an article about the sentencing of a German national as an Enemy Alien. Heinrich Pretyfelder, known as Henry Jay Pretyfeld, was a commercial traveller of West Park Road, Kew. Born in Germany, he had lived in the US since the age of 16 and…

First World War sheet music

Museum of Richmond WW1 films

The second of our films created by the Museum of Richmond Young Curators is Tommies Tunes. The film was inspired by sheet music found in the museum’s collection. During the war, music  preserved bonds between those at home and the men away fighting.  Popular songs reflected the realities of the time, with themes of separation, loss, and…

Henry in Cairo, 1918

Reflections on the impact of the First World War

Social impacts One of the many reasons why the First World War was such an important event in British history, is the profound impact it had on society. In addition to the tangible impacts – technological developments, medical advances, casualty figures, increasing social equality – there was a significant affect on the national psyche. The…