Leighton House Museum is set amongst an exceptional circle of artist's studio-houses on the fringes of Holland Park. It is the former home of Frederic, Lord Leighton, eminent Victorian artist and President of the Royal Academy, 1878-1896. Over his life time it was to become a Palace of Art and a unique fusion of western and Islamic artistic influences.
Leighton House Museum is embarking upon an ambitious capital project that will transform its future, ensuring better access and a more rewarding visitor experience. For the first time the Museum will have a public facing facility that is fit for purpose.
In 2017/18 the Museum welcomed over 60,000 visitors and held two major international exhibitions. It delivered a non-residential summer activity week for children aged 4-12 years, directly or indirectly affected by the fire in Grenfell Tower and 1000 children took part in formal and informal learning workshops. There were more and more varied events than ever before, from concerts and lectures to yoga and supper clubs. But the Museum’s historic fabric and unique heritage are suffering from over-exposure. Without a radical re-imagining of the future, Leighton House cannot continue on this trajectory.
Opening up Leighton House will enable: a new entrance with disabled access; an education suite to support an expanding learning and outreach programme; better visitor amenities; 45% increase in publically accessible space that will pave the way for a refreshments and retail area, dedicated community zone and garden room; enhanced exhibition display and collections care facilities.
For over 40 years the Friends of Leighton House has supported the Museum's work. Although their incredible contribution has already allowed the Museum to start the construction works, they still need your help! The Friends continue to fundraise for essential conservation work to be carried out to the permanent collection, the presentation of the new displays, the redesigning and replanting of the Museum's unique garden and the fit out of the new learning space. Your donation will ensure that everyone can enjoy the Museum, its space, its history and its collections at its best, now and for generations to come.