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The new Leighton House: Behind-the-Scenes tours with KCAW

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Detail of Oneness mural with a view into the Drawings Gallery, Leighton House

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24 June 2022 / Multiple dates


1-hour session in the afternoon; 2-hour session in the evening


Leighton House

From £20 per person

Ahead of the grand reopening of Leighton House this Autumn, do join our behind-the-scenes tours for the chance to have exclusive access to some of the redeveloped areas of the museum, following its major transformation.

Led by our curatorial team, the tours introduce the ambitious  Hidden Gem to National Treasure project, that has been recently completed across the modern wing and the museum’s famed historic interiors. Visitors will enjoy a sneak peek of the newly created spaces and key features, including Shahrzad Ghaffari’s spectacular 11-metre-high mural Oneness, on the walls of the new helical staircase.

Running for a limited time only, you can go for an afternoon tour or book an extended session in the evening with a guest expert who will discuss specific aspects of the redevelopment,  with a chance to ask questions at the end.

In collaboration with Kensington and Chelsea Art Week.

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Dates and ticket prices

Afternoon sessions, 3-4pm £20 per person (no concessions) 

Saturday 25 June, 3-4pm 

Monday 27 June, 3-4pm 

Tuesday 28 June, 3-4pm 

Wednesday 29 June, 3-4pm 

Friday 1 July, 3-4pm 

Saturday 2 July, 3-4pm 

Evening sessions, 6-8pm £25 per person  (no concessions) 

Friday 24 June, 6-8pm  

Guest speaker: Meg Andrews, Antique Textiles consultant

Wednesday 29 June, 6-8pm

Guest speaker: David Artis, Architect Director, BDP

Tuesday 28 June, 6-8pm 

Guest speaker: Liz Rose, Creative Project Manager Turquoise Mountain

Thursday 30 June, 6-8pm 

Guest speaker: Harry Wardill, Managing Director Turquoise Mountain


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About our experts

All tours will be led by our Curatorial team, Daniel Robbins and Hannah Lund, with additional guest experts during the extended evening tours.


Daniel Robbins, Senior Curator

Daniel was responsible for leading the award-winning project to restore the historic interiors of Leighton House (2008-2010) and is now leading the £8 million refurbishment project, Hidden Gem to National Treasure, which addresses the additions made to the building in the twentieth century. Formerly with Glasgow Museums, he has organised many exhibitions and contributed to numerous catalogues and publications around nineteenth-century art, architecture and design. Daniel has lectured across the UK and internationally including the Frick, New York and the Ponce Museum in Puerto Rico where Leighton’s celebrated ‘Flaming June’ can be found. 


Hannah Lund, Assistant Curator

Hannah is currently focused on creating new displays and interpretation as part of the museum’s capital project, Hidden Gem to National Treasure. Hannah joined the museum full-time in 2018, working on a project to rationalise the reserve collection. Prior to this she studied History of Art at Edinburgh University, completing a Research Masters in British material culture in 2017. Aside from artists’ studio-houses, her research interests include horse-drawn carriages, Wedgwood and Jacobite material culture. 


Meg Andrews, Antique Textiles consultant 

Meg Andrews is an expert in antique textiles, researching and sourcing items for collectors and museums around the world for the past 35 years. Meg previously established the Costume & Textile Department at Sotheby’s Belgravia in London, as well as regularly lecturing at Sotheby's on English Furnishings of the 16th and 17th centuries, Chinese Court Costumes and Kashmir and Shawls of Paisley Design. 


David Artis, Architect Director, BDP  

As well as the extension, restoration and refurbishment of the Grade II* Leighton House museum, David has worked on a variety of award-winning public projects in the culture and heritage sector, including galleries for the Grade I Victoria & Albert Museum and National Army Museum. Prior to BDP, David worked with MUMA and Michael Wilford & Partners. His student dissertation won the RIBA President’s Medal in 2000 and was featured in Building Design’s top 100 UK architectural graduates.


Liz Rose, Creative Project Manager, Turquoise Mountain 

Turquoise Mountain is a non-profit organisation founded by HRH The Prince of Wales to revive historic areas, communities and traditional crafts, to create jobs, skills and a renewed sense of pride. As part of the transformative Hidden Gem to National Treasure redevelopment, Leighton House partnered with the Turquoise Mountain Foundation on the design and production of a unique suite of furniture for the new wing, including the visitor reception desk, display units for the shop and counter for the new café. Hand-crafted by highly skilled artisans from Syria and now based in Amman (Jordan) Turquoise Mountain has been working with these makers since 2006 to help re-establish supply chains and markets for their work.


Harry Wardill, Managing Director, Turquoise Mountain 

Harry first joined Turquoise Mountain in 2009, designing and project managing the delivery of a number of buildings for the Afghan Institute for Arts and Architecture in Kabul. After completing a scholarship with the Society for the Protection of Ancient Buildings and working for the Prince's Regeneration Trust, he returned to the organisation in 2014 as Country Director for Myanmar to set up the project there. Harry studied engineering at Cambridge University and spent the early part of his career working as a structural engineer in London, where is he became a Chartered Member of the Institute of Structural Engineers.


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Leighton House, Hidden Gem to National Treasure