A collection of local history material collected by Silvia Greenwood comprising documents, photographs and publications related to Ham, Petersham and the local surrounding area. Also represented are Silvia Greenwood's papers related to her MA research and dissertation on education in Ham during the period 1900-1945 and material related to Ham National Schools.
The collection has been arranged intellectually within the catalogue into distinct series but the physical order of the collection has been left as found in the boxes. It is unknown if this was the original order of the collection. The reference numbers given to the items reflect the boxes they were found in and the order the items were in within the boxes.
Transferred to Richmond Local Studies Library and Archive in c. 2003 from W A G Davidson & Co., solicitors, Acton.
No accruals expected
Unpublished finding aids:
Box lists can be found in each box
Administrative / biographical background:
Silvia Dorothy Greenwood (1932-2002) was a local historian of Ham and Petersham. Her family settled in Ham about 1830 and worked on land on the Dysart Estate. Her career saw her work for the United Nations and the Commonwealth Secretariat and in retirement she became actively involved in local research. She became involved with the Richmond History Society in 1980, serving on the committee from 1980-1986. She authored several articles for the journal ‘Richmond History’ on the novelist Hesba Stretton (1832-1911), Ham Common and the history of St. Andrew’s Church, Ham. She co-authored with Jim Green ‘Ham and Petersham As It Was’. Silvia Greenwood obtained an MA from Kingston University in 1999 on local history investigating the changes in education of schoolchildren in Ham 1900-1945. She also contributed to local community projects including the restoration of the local war memorial, the Friends of Ham Pond and the early days of the Ham Amenities Group.
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