ESU Richmond Branch


The Richmond branch of the English-Speaking Union is proud to be an active member of the ESU nationally and internationally, offering stimulating programs to its members and educational scholarships and support to the community through the TLab-UK program and sponsorship of Richmond Shakespeare's Annual "Bardathon" for local high school students.

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News And Events

2019 Fall and 2020 Winter and Spring Events


Opening Reception

Guest Speaker:  Louisa Treger, author of The Dragon Lady, an historical novel
 about Lady Virginia Courtauld who, with her second husband, Stephen Courtauld, left the confines of post-war Britain to forge a new life in Rhodesia

Virginia House, 4301 Sulgrave Road, 23221 – 3:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.



Guest Speaker:  Suzanne Munson, author of Jefferson's Godfather:
the Man Behind the Man: George Wythe, Mentor to the Founding Fathers

Virginia House, 4301 Sulgrave Road, 23221 – 7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.



7:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.

Guest Speaker: Allen Packwood, Director, Churchill Archives Center
Churchill College, Cambridge University

"We are all worms but I do believe that I am a glow worm: Churchill and his legacy"

Westhampton College Living Room
University of Richmond
Richmond, VA 23226  


JANUARY – Date to be determined

Guest Speaker:  Curt DiCamillo, architectural historian and authority on the British country house
"All Roads Lead to London:  The Supreme 19th Century World City"

This will be a joint program with public broadcasting's VPM, the former WCVE, 
for the premier of the new season of Victoria.



Guest Speaker:  Jeffrey Allison, Paul Mellon Collection Educator and Statewide Manager at VMFA
"VMFA's British Sporting Art Collection"

Virginia House, 4301 Sulgrave Road, 23221 – 7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.


MARCH – Date to be determined

Presentation by our TLab Scholars about their summer studies in Great Britain

Westhampton Center (aka The Deanery)
University of Richmond 
33 Westhampton Way, Richmond, 23226


APRIL – Date and location to be determined

Annual General Meeting – "An Evening with James and Dolley Madison"


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The Anglo-American Legacy: 400 Years of Representative Democracy

Sir David Natzler
Retired Clerk of the British House of Commons

The Anglo-American Legacy: 400 Years of Representative Democracy

 Thursday, August 1, 2019
7-9 p.m.
Virginia House
4301 Sulgrave Road 

This year we mark the 400th anniversary of the first representative legislative assembly established at Jamestown in 1619.

Sir David Natzler will offer his insights and knowledge of how English law such as the

Magna Carta provided basis for this foundational moment in democracy in North America.

Please join us for a stimulating evening of lecture, discussion, and light refreshments.

Free for Members
$15 for Non members


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Annual General Meeting

The English-Speaking Union of the US,
Richmond Branch
Invites You to Attend
The Annual General Meeting 

Sunday, May 19, 4 p.m. – 6p.m.
Hofheimer Building, 2818 W Broad Street
The Dark Room

Guest Speaker
George Goodwin, MA FRHistS FRSA
2018/19 Dr William M. and Betty H. Busey Family Fellow at the Fred W. Smith National Library for the Study of George Washington, Mount Vernon

Author of
Benjamin Franklin in London: The British Life of
America's Founding Father 

Hors d'oeuvres, Wine and Other Spirits Will Be Served

Street Parking is Available on Broad St. & Sheppard St.

Enter the Building on Broad Street and look for signs directing you to the Dark Room 

Click here to download Registration Form. 


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2018 Fall and 2019 Winter and Spring Events

SEPTEMBER 23 - Sunday

Reception at Virginia House
Guest Speaker:  Jamie Bosket, President and CEO of the Virginia Museum of History and Culture (the Virginia Historical Society)
4301 Sulgrave Road, 23221 – 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

OCTOBER 25 – Thursday

Royal Palaces and Castles
Guest Speaker:  John Braymer
Virginia House, 4301 Sulgrave Road, 23221
Time TBD

NOVEMBER 8 – Thursday

"Painting 007" Watercolors
Guest Speaker:  Gerald Wadsworth
7 p.m. - 9 p.m
  Since 2010, Mr. Wadsworth  has been painting "A Tribute to James Bond - 007" - a series of watercolour paintings that visually interpret the books of Ian Lancaster Fleming, as well as the James Bond films. He will have several original watercolours on display.

JANUARY 19 - Saturday

The 1812 Wickham House
15 E. Clay Street, Richmond, VA
House tour at 1:00 p.m., $8.00 entrance fee
Afternoon tea at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Pettus LeCompte

FEBRUARY 28 - Thursday

"Trade Goods in British America on the Eve of Revolution"
Guest Speaker: Sarah Meschutt
Senior Curator at the American Revolution Museum, Yorktown, VA
7p.m. - 9p.m.
Virginia House
4301 Sulgrave Road
7 p.m. – 9 p.m.

MARCH 24 – Sunday

Presentation by our TLab Scholars about their summer studies in Britain
Westhampton Center (aka The Deanery) 33 Westhampton Way, University of Richmond
3:00 p.m - 5:00 p.m.

APRIL 28 – Sunday

Antique Evaluation & Textile Care
Turner C. Johnson, Jr. and Colleen Callahan
Sunday, April 28, 2019
3:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Virginia House, 4301 Sulgrave Road, 23221

Mr. Johnson, who has 27 years in the appraisal business, will be able to offer verbal identification and pricing of antique furniture, decorative art, fine art, and collectibles.

Ms. Callahan, with more than 30 years in costume and textile care, will focus on the care of textiles.

Guests can bring one item for each speaker since both can identify dates from photographs.

MAY 19- Sunday

Annual Meeting and Reception
George Goodwin
Benjamin Franklin in London
Hofheimer Building, 2818 West Broad Street
4 p.m. - 6 p.m.


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