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Museum of Richmond

Museum of Richmond

Talk, Mon 1 Oct 2018


Old Town Hall,
Whittaker Avenue,

Also at this Venue


An evening with John Bird, the founder of The Big Issue

The Big Issue magazine was launched in 1991 in response to the growing number of rough sleepers on the streets of London. It offered people the opportunity to earn a legitimate income through selling a magazine to the public. Over twenty-five years on, their vendors come from a variety of backgrounds and face the myriad of problems associated with poverty and inequality.

In this fascinating talk, John Bird will discuss his links to Richmond, why The Big Issue began here, and how this award- winning magazine continues to offer employment opportunities to people in poverty. The Big Issue Group has grown to a multi-million pound social investment business supporting enterprise to drive social change.

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Event details

Dates Times
Mon 1 Oct 2018 19:30
Doors open at 7pm, talk starts at 7:30pm, seating is unreserved


Tickets: £15 general admission, £5 for students/under 18s – Raising funds to support the Museum.

Also available from the Museum (Old Town Hall, Richmond) and The Open Book (King Street, Richmond.)



See location of Museum of Richmond on Google mapsSee location on Google maps

Map reference: TQ 177746  Lat: 51.45884 Long: -0.30654

Train: Richmond Station. Turn left out of the station and follow the directional signs.
Tube: Richmond
Buses - H22, 33, H37, 65, R68, R70, 190, 337, 371, 391, 419, 485, 490.
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Parking: with charge


  • Disabled toiletsDisabled toilets
  • Education/study areaEducation/study area
  • Facilities for educational visitsFacilities for educational visits
  • Gift shopGift shop