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Lidos Alive aims to look at the lidos in the 'boroughs' of Twickenham and Richmond (which became the London Borough of Richmond upon Thames in 1965). – those which have evolved over time and those lost. There has not been a new build lido in our borough since the 1960s.

The word “lido” (pronounced LEE-doh) is a public open-air swimming pool or bathing beach.

It is known that there were beaches along the rivers of Twickenham and Richmond which were the lidos for local people. These too are of interest.

We shall look at the original lido movement with its heyday in the first half of the twentieth century and the current lido revival. This revival has seen lidos saved and renovated and campaigns to bring back old lidos. In this historical context we will look at an example of a modern renovation and compare this to a lido locally.

Archival research is important in this project but the memories and information from those who are, or have been, associated with outdoor swimming will form a valuable contribution.

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