Deer in the City in August

Deer in the City

The Hearsum Colllection at Pembroke Lodge, with The Royal Parks and the Friends of Richmond Park, has organised an exhibition and activities ‘Deer in the City’ which seeks to share the history of the deer in Richmond Park and highlight the importance of protecting the park’s unique landscape. It is supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund.

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The programme includes:

An exhibition, in the entrance hall to Pembroke Lodge, which is open daily until December 2015 and tells the history of deer in Richmond Park. It explains how the wild deer in Richmond Park have survived for nearly 400 years, while London has expanded all around them. It also looks at the deer today and how they, and the Park, can be protected for future generations to enjoy.

A pop-up Pavilion, outside the gates of Pembroke Lodge, is open from 23 July to 20 August and provides more information on the deer as well as hosting the programme of activities.

Heritage walks, led by Peter Burrows-Smith from the Friends of Richmond Park and starting from the Pavilion, will enable visitors to see the deer and learn more about them and their habitat at close quarters. The dates of the walks are:

Wednesday 29 July (10:00-12:00)
Saturday 1 August (10:00-12:00)
Wednesday 5 August (10:00-12:00)
Saturday 8 August (10:00-12:00)
Wednesday 12 August (10:00-12:00)
Saturday 15 August (10:00-12:00)
Wednesday 19 August (10:00-12:00)

Expert Talks about the deer and the Park. The talks are held in the Belvedere Suite in Pembroke Lodge and are on Tuesdays from 10.00 to 11.30:

28 July: Richmond Park, the history of a Royal Deer Park, by Max Lankester a member of the Friends and local historian
4 August: Management of the Deer by Simon Richards, the Park Manager
11 August: The Lifecycle of Red and Fallow Deer in Richmond Park by Chris Howard of the British Deer Society
18 August: Deer in the Ecosystem and their Future by Simon Richards and The Royal Parks staff

Hands-on workshops for children and families to take part in arts and craft activities related to deer, held at the Pavilion. Places are allocated on a first-come, first-served basis.

Sunday 9 August (time slots 14:00 – 14:30 and 14:45 – 15:15): Deer in the City Art workshop for children aged 5-11, drawing and sculpture 
Sunday 16 August: details same as for 9 August
Wednesday 19 August (drop-in 11.00-13.00): Make a Deer from clay and natural materials, also sensory play for small children