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The Royal Parks and The Royal Parks Guild have joined together to research and present a series of events in the parks to commemorate the centenary of World War One. For details of the events and the amazing facts revealled so far click here.

From the Archive

Colonel Davis Richmond Park, 1953

Colonel Davis with his carp

If you have any information about him or can shed light on where the carp is now then please contact us on the following link.

Our major, new exhibition:

"The Royal Parks in World War I and into the Peace"

Open between 29 and 31 March 2019 from 10am until 4pm To be held in the Wren House, Royal Hospital Chelsea, Royal Hospital Road SW3 4SR. Enter by Chelsea Gate, on Royal Hospital Road, adjacent to the National Army Museum.

A free exhibition describing, through images, talks, art, living history and commemoration, the role that the Royal Parks and Royal Hospital Chelsea played during the First World War and the transition to peace time. All are welcome.

To download our flyer click HERE.

Copyright: Mirrorpix The Peace Celebrations, Hyde Park.

Image copyright Mirrorpix

The Guild is partnering The Royal Parks, the Royal Hospital Chelsea and the 10th Essex Living History Group in this exhibition. It will be tracing events that took place in the Royal Parks and the Royal Hospital during World War I and their immediate aftermath.

Image courtesy of Royal Hospital Chelsea Chelsea Pensioners tending their allotments.

Image courtesy of Royal Hospital Chelsea

Image courtesy of Alanna Pritchard Parachute testing, Richmond Park.

Image courtesy of Alanna Pritchard

On each day at 2pm there will be a talk by a guest speaker:

29 March - Chris Taft, Head of Collections at The Postal Museum, will talk about the postal service in World War I and the Home Depot in The Regent's Park.

30 March - Graham Dillamore, Estates Operations Manager at Hampton Court Palace, will talk on the making of the 'Battlefields to Butterflies' garden at the RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show 2018.

31 March - Sophie Siefalian, London Parks and Gardens Trust, will speak about commemoration and the shrine movement in London.

This exhibition is supported by The National Lottery Heritage Fund

The Royal Parks Guild Overview

The Royal Parks Guild is a voluntary Partner Organisation of The Royal Parks who are responsible for managing and preserving over 5,000 acres of historic parkland across London.

Our aim is a serious one – championing The Royal Parks by promoting their qualities, including horticultural excellence and historical significance, whilst offering practical support where appropriate. Allied to this is the service to its members through the provision and development of a broad range of social activities, and keeping members abreast of current and past news of The Royal Parks.

A message from H.R.H. Princess Alexandra,

The Honourable Lady Ogilvy KG GCVO at the Guild's launch in 2006

"I am delighted to be able to give support to The Royal Parks Guild, which has been launched after what I understand has been a 10-year gestation and cultivation period.

One of the objectives of The Royal Parks Guild is to support Education and Vocational Training, and the fact that six of the Officers of the Guild are former Apprentices speaks for itself."

The Royal Parks Guild are dedicated to helping parks’ apprentice schemes and those that join them. If you would like to help us then click here to see if you could become a member of the Guild.

We value your comments and feedback. Please use the links below:

Postal address:
The Secretary
The Royal Parks Guild
14 Nelson Place
Isle of Wight
PO33 2ET

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