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Replica of Leighton's letters on display in his bedroom, Leighton House.

Give the gift of a year filled with art!

This Christmas,  introduce the love for art to your special one,  with our Gift Membership for The Friends of Leighton House and Sambourne House. 

The Friends are a thriving membership community providing financial support to the museums in five key areas: acquisitions, learning  programmes, exhibitions, conservation and restoration and major capital projects, such as Hidden Gem to National Treasure at Leighton House. Their members often gather together for exclusive events in London and beyond, including the Golden Hours Dinner in Leighton's studio and the spectacular Summer Garden Party. Members enjoy free entry to our museums, exhibition private views, discounts in our shops and De Morgan Café, and much more:


Levels and Benefits of The Friends


Gift Memberships can be easily purchased online or from the Welcome Desk at Leighton House. Cards can be collected from Leighton House as well until Friday 16 December, or for a last-minute present, you can choose an e-voucher sent by email to the recipient.

Exciting news! We’re featured in the brand new episode of Art Fund's Meet me at the Museum podcast. Musician, DJ and broadcaster Nabihah Iqbal brought her friend, fellow musician Lexy Morvaridi, to visit Leighton House. They checked out our unique interiors and chatted about the artist’s role in bringing together and celebrating a diverse range of styles and ideas. 

Don't forget that you can visit both Leighton House and  Sambourne House for free with your Art Fund's National Art Pass.

Nabihah is back at the museum in the coming months, as she is curating a new edition of Glory to Sound, with DJ sets and live performances in Leighton's studio.


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Nabihah, Lexi and Daniel in the Arab Hall, Leighton House. Image Hydar Dewachi

Leighton House awarded Hands on Islamic Art grant

Leighton House are thrilled to have been awarded one of The Barakat Trust’s new Hands on Islamic Art grants for an exciting partnership with The Arab British Centre and award-winning textile artist, Nour Hage.

Find out more about our open call for 8 participants to join Nour in a series of workshops to co-create a textile artwork inspired by Leighton House’s Arab Hall and newly acquired textile collection, which will be displayed as part of Kheit, an upcoming 2023 exhibition exploring the threads connecting Britain and the Arab world in the 19th and early 20th Centuries.

Thank you to The Barakat Trust and National Lottery Heritage Fund for supporting this collaboration.

Leighton House receives a Places of Science grant

We are delighted to announce that Leighton House has been awarded a grant by The Royal Society in its Places of Science scheme to engage communities with their local science stories.

The funding will support our The Sound of Home: Family Fun workshops, aimed at children under 11 years old, with particular emphasis on those from families displaced by the Syrian war. Through six participatory workshops, the children will learn about how sounds are made, how they travel and how we measure them. They will also explore how instruments work and why different instruments make different sounds, with special focus on the qanun, on a special session led by 'queen of the qanun' herself, Maya Youssef. 

Places of Science aims to celebrate projects that will evoke curiosity, interest and enthusiasm by exploring science in a creative way, while also contributing to the museum sector’s recovery. The projects awarded span topics like mental health, infectious diseases, engineering and palaeontology, and provide a hands on way to explore and engage with science.

Leighton House partners with Maya Youssef

Leighton House are thrilled to announce a new partnership with ‘queen of the qanun’, Maya Youssef, made possible thanks to the National Lottery Heritage Fund.

Leighton House have commissioned Maya to compose a new piece of music inspired by the house, which will be performed live in Leighton’s studio on Friday 21 October.  Maya will also lead a family-fun workshop, to teach children all the secrets about her favourite instrument

A globally renowned and award-winning musician and composer from Syria, Maya has pushed the boundaries of the qanun (a 78 stringed plucked zither traditionally played by men) with performances for the Royal Albert Hall, BBC Proms and The Barbican, to name just a few. Maya has recently won the PRS Women Make Music Grant and Arts Council Project for the Arts funding towards recording her second album ‘Finding Home’.

Proud to announce our partnership on International Women's Day (8 March 2022), read more about the women both past and present who have helped to shape the artwork, collections and history of our museums in The women who made us.

Maya Youssef with her qanun ©IGORSTUDIO

New Sambourne House collection highlights on Smartify

From satirical illustrations and delicate paintings, to colourful wallpapers and a myriad of objects, including a liqueur box and detective camera - the collections at Sambourne House are representative of the taste and life style of its owners, Victorian illustrator Linley Sambourne and his wife Marion. The Sambournes lived in their 'House Beautiful' for over 36 years and the interiors remain practically untouched today.

Although Sambourne House is currently closed while we finalise some much-needed conservation and repair works, you can explore its  extraordinary collections on the free mobile platform, Smartify, where we have just launched a new selection of seventy seven objects and artworks that you'll be able to see in person when we reopen later this year.


Browse the Sambourne House collection on Smartify