Kingston at Leisure, is a collaborative project between the Library and Heritage Service and Kingston University’s Centre for Local History that is funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund.
Kingston has a rich historical heritage that can be traced back for centuries, possessing a past that is of great local significance. Much is known about official life in the Royal Borough of Kingston, however little is known about how residents spent their leisure time.
This project focuses upon the seven localities of Chessington, Tolworth, Hook, Surbiton, New Malden, Old Malden and Kingston that make up the Royal Borough of Kingston upon Thames.
It aims to investigate the borough’s vibrant history, seeking to identify, list and preserve the records of clubs and societies originating from within these areas.
It focuses on how local communities spent or currently spend their leisure time, from the mid-nineteenth century to the present day.
By identifying and listing records created by community clubs and societies, the project aims to provide an insight into how leisure time was or is spent in the borough.
Perhaps you are or were a society member, secretary or chairperson?
Whether your club or society is old or new, existing or disbanded, if you or your society would like to contribute to the understanding of leisure time activities in Kingston then please do get in contact.
We are keen to identify and note the records of all societies regardless of size and are happy to offer conservation advice - and if requested can provide space for your records in a local public archive.
For more information on the Kingston at Leisure project, please see Related Documents below.
For an informal chat or to arrange a visit, please contact Jill Lamb, Archivist and Local Studies Manager by telephone on 020 8547 6735 or email firstname.lastname@example.org