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Leighton House Museum awarded £1,629,000 Heritage Lottery Fund Grant for Final Phase of Redevelopment

The National Lottery has confirmed funding of Leighton House Museum’s capital project: Hidden Gem to National Treasure: Opening up Leighton House. It has awarded the Museum a grant of £1,629,000.


Thanks to money raised by National Lottery players, the third and final phase of restoration to the House can now take place. Funding was confirmed on 11 July 2018; it will enable the Museum to welcome a more diverse community of users and provide a more meaningful and engaging visitor experience. 


Thanks to the Heritage Lottery Fund, supported also by The Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea and The Friends of Leighton House, users of all abilities will at last have full and unimpeded access throughout the historic House and new wing. More children and young people will benefit from a richer learning and engagement programme and visitors will enjoy enhanced collections display and interpretation. 


The local community will be able to explore and lay claim to the Museum’s rich heritage, enjoying its spaces and garden as never before.


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Leighton House Museum Phase 3 Restoration: From Hidden Gem to National Treasure

Leighton House Museum is a unique surviving example of the Victorian ‘house beautiful’ and the home and life project of Frederic, Lord Leighton.

In 2010 we completed phases 1 and 2 of an extensive refurbishment and restoration to reinstate the house interiors as Leighton knew them. We are now proposing to embark on a third phase of refurbishment of this Grade II* listed building, which will safeguard the long term future of the historic fabric, enhance the overall visitor experience and create much-needed new facilities.

Read more about the project.


Leighton House Museum voted Most Romantic Museum in Art Fund's Valentine's poll

On winning the poll, Daniel Robbins, Senior Curator of Leighton House Museum said: "We see many couples come to experience the beautiful and intimate surroundings of Leighton’s private palace of art. Whether it’s discovering the house together for the first time or on a romantic date, the house always seems to work its magic; some even use it as a venue for their wedding celebrations. So, we are thrilled and honoured to have been chosen by Art Fund, eHarmony and the public as the UK's most romantic museum."



National Art Pass holders enjoy free entry to Leighton House Museum and 50% off special exhibitions. Find out more about the benefits of National Art Pass.


Leighton House Museum awarded £337,000 Heritage Lottery Fund grant for final phase of redevelopment

Leighton House Museum is proud to announce a Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) grant of £337,000 received towards the planning and development of the final phase of its restoration programme.
Following an award-winning project completed in 2010, the museum will now embark on a third and final phase concentrating on the extensions added to the east end of the building, first in the late 1920s and then in the mid-1950s, long after Leighton’s death. Public areas will be increased by over a third with new facilities created including an additional exhibition gallery, new learning and interpretation spaces and the restoration of the original fabric of the building lost within the later extensions. 

Alongside the HLF grant, The Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea and The Friends of Leighton House will play a leading role in fundraising for the project.


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Flaming June is coming home

For the first time since it left for exhibition at the Royal Academy in 1895, Leighton's iconic Flaming June returns to the house in which it was painted and will be reunited with the other pictures shown by Leighton in that year in his final submission to the Royal Academy, made only months before his death in January 1896.

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Leighton's Interior of the Cappella Palatina acquired

Leighton House Museum is thrilled to announce that thanks to the unprecedented response to the Public Appeal campaign launched in September 2015, Leighton’s painting ‘Interior of the Cappella Palatina’ has now been acquired for the Museum’s permanent collections.


We are grateful to everyone who donated, to the Arts Council England / Victoria and Albert Museum Purchase Grand Fund, the Friends of Leighton House and to Rupert Maas for his assistance in making the purchase possible. The painting is now on public display in Leighton's silk room

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