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The Royal Parks and The Royal Parks Guild, supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund, is seeking volunteers to help us research, interpret and share our WW1 history. There’s plenty of training and support on offer.
Can you help us fill in the gaps and tell our stories of the Parks in World War I?
We are seeking volunteer researchers to explore the history of the Royal Parks in the First World War further.
To find out more go to the Team London or The Royal Parks website.

The Royal Parks Guild plays a positive role in the apprenticeship scheme by arranging master classes, giving awards to mark individual achievement and providing mentoring when requested.

First World War park employees

The Guild are carrying out wide ranging research into those Royal parks employees who served or died during the First World War.

There name of the 24 Royal Park employees who gave their lives during the war are commemorated on His Majesty's Office of Works Memorial that is in the Treasury Building adjacent to St James's Park. On the memorial is carved We Band of Brothers.

If you you had a family member or know of someone who worked in the parks prior or during the First World War please contact us by clicking here. We would be very interested in hearing from you.

World War One Centennial Commemorations

The Royal Parks Guild is working with The Royal Parks in producing a number of events to commemorate the centenary of World War One. With the help of our partners, the 10th Essex Living History Group we are able to bring to life the parks' history.

Historical events in the parks are being planned to commemorate the World War One and these will be advertised closer to the time.

World War 1 Project

Trench Experience, Kensington Gardens

Between 11 and 24 September 2017, The Royal Parks Guild and Royal Parks, with the aid of the Heritage Lottery Fund, and the 10th Essex Living History Group produced a trench experience on Buck Hill for schools and the public to commemorate the centenary of the trench training area and Camouflage School set up by the British Army on the site.


Link into The Royal Parks World War 1 website

The Royal Parks and The Royal Parks Guild have joined forces, with the help of the National Lottery, to set up a website to record all of our events and results of our extensive research.

The site will be expanded as event information and topic research is finalised. Click here to go to the site.

Conserving Our Parks' Heritage

One important object of the guild is to research, record and conserve all aspects of The Royal Parks' heritage.

This can be reminiscences from past employees, photographic records, day-to-day artefacts, historical events in the parks, people from the parks and so on.

In collaboration with The Royal Parks we aim to build on this information. We already have a number of prints, photographs and artefacts, but we would always look to increase the size of the collection.

If you have memories of The Royal Parks you would like to share or item of interest relating to the parks you would like to donate to the Guild's archive collection then please contact us through the following link.

The Hearsum Collection based at Pembroke Lodge in Richmond Park has a diverse range of Royal parks heritage material covering the last four centuries. In the near future it is hoped that a museum can be built in the grounds of Pembroke Lodge to enable the collection to be displayed to the public. To learn more about this click here to follow a link to the Hearsum Collection website.

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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