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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.

Members of The Royal Parks Guild offer their time and expertise to The Royal Parks, associated organisations and apprentices.

Our major, new exhibition:

"... into the Peace"

Open between 29 and 31 March 2019 from 10am until 4pm

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

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 an exhibition called "... into the Peace". It will be tracing events that took place in the Royal Parks and the Royal Hospital during World War 1 and their immediate aftermath.

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

Image courtesy of Royal Hospital Chelsea

It will be held in the Wren House, Royal Hospital Chelsea, Royal Hospital Road SW3 4SR. Enter by Chelsea Gate that is next to the National Army Museum.

Image courtesy of Alanna Pritchard Parachute testing, Richmond Park.

Image courtesy of Alanna Pritchard

As part of the exhibition it is proposed to have "thirty minute" talks held in the visitor centre at 2pm on each day. Guest speakers, from The Postal Museum, Historic Royal Palaces and the London Parks and Gardens Trust, will present talks on subjects such as "The Home Depot, The Regent's Park", a sorting office where all of the post to and from the western front was processed; the making of the emotional Battlefields to Butterflies exhibit at the RHS Hampton Court Flower Show in 2018 and; "The Shrine Movement" that inspired an iconic shrine to be erected in Hyde Park in 1918.

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.

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

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