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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
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
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.
Leighton House Museum Phase 3 Restoration: From Hidden Gem to
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
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
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.
Download the press release [PDF]
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.
Leighton's Interior of the Cappella Palatina
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
We are grateful to everyone who donated, to the Arts
Council England / Victoria and Albert Museum Purchase Grand Fund,
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