Learning from Home


We are delighted to introduce our brand-new range of online resources and activities to support parents teaching from home, teachers teaching remotely and all our adult visitors.

Discover more about Frederic Leighton, his magical house and Victorian art and culture. Explore arts and crafts, stories, film content, tours, quizzes and games, tutorials, and opportunities to find out more direct with our museum team with our Ask a Question days.


Create and Make

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Our Create and Make activity sheets explore famous artworks in Leighton House and encourage everyone to get creative. 

You will need art materials and ideally access to the internet for research and a printer if you want to keep the booklet.


CREATE AND MAKE 1: Clytie, c.1895

Download the activity sheet (Clytie)

Watch the Story of Clytie by storyteller Vanessa Woolf


CREATE AND MAKE 2: Orpheus and Eurydice, 1864

Download the activity sheet (Orpheus and Eurydice)

Watch the Story of Orpheus and Eurydice by storyteller Vanessa Woolf


CREATE AND MAKE 3: Echo and Narcissus

Download the activity sheet (Echo and Narcissus)

Watch the Story of Echo and Narcissus by storyteller Vanessa Woolf


CREATE AND MAKE 4: Icarus and Daedalus, 1869

Download the activity sheet (Icarus and Daedalus)

Watch the Story of Icarus and Daedalus by storyteller Vanessa Woolf


CREATE AND MAKE 5: Clytemnestra, c.1874

Download the activity sheet (Clytemnestra)

Watch the Story of Clytemnestra by storyteller Vanessa Woolf on YouTube



On the Road

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With this programme of films and travelogues, we share beautiful performances by exceptional musicians and armchair travel with Leighton to some of the countries he loved.

Be inspired by the artworks Leighton collected and the sketches and paintings he made whilst abroad to get creative at home.



Leighton went on an long trip across Greece, Austria and Turkey in 1867.


LISTEN TO the French – Tunisian Harkan Duo as they perform a Sirto, a vibrant and uplifting dance which grew extremely popular in the 19th century. 



Leighton's visited Spain at least four times, between 1865 and 1869. His attraction for the Peninsula, although fascinating, is little-researched and it is only known through half a dozen landscape studies, often unidentified, and a lecture given to the students of the Royal Academy in 1889.


Enjoy THIS VIDEO by the super talented Harkan Duo performing 'Asturias', a beautiful piece by renown Spanish composer Isaac Albeniz (1860-1909). Despite the name, the music is not considered suggestive of the folk music of the northern Spanish region of Asturias, but rather of Andalusian traditions, a region that Leighton depicted in many of his delicate colour sketches.



Leighton made a point of visiting his beloved Italy every year, and found the country a constant source of inspiration. It was also in Italy that he made two of the most significant friendships of his life, with the Italian artist Giovanni Costa and the singer Adelaide Sartoris.


Enjoy THE PERFORMANCE of the brilliant classical guitarist Santy Masciarò, featuring two pieces by Italian composers - Sonata K.380 by Giuseppe Domenico Scarlatti (1685 – 1757) and Adagio in G Minor by Tomaso Giovanni Albinoni (1671 – 1751).



Meet Lord Leighton

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Have fun colouring in and dressing Lord Leighton’s figure with a variety of detachable outfits and accessories to suit his role of Victorian artist, traveller and socialite.

You will need A3 paper (ideally paperboard), colouring pencils or paints, scissors and access to a printer.

Download the activity sheet here (Lord Leighton)

Further resources are available on the Meet Lord Leighton resources page


Explore our Collections

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This new research sheds new light into the inscriptions found in Leighton's Arab Hall and present fascinating insights into the meaning of the poems and Quran quotations featured in his stunning collection of tiles. Findings also suggest Leighton's aesthetic aspirations when designing the arrangement of the tiles on the walls, dismissing some of the rules of Arabic calligraphy to favour elements like symmetry or harmony in the colour scheme.


The research has been conducted by Souad Mohamad from the Al Manaar Muslim Cultural Heritage Centre with the help from the Al Manaar Women’s group. The group visited the museum as part of our Community Access Scheme, and became interested in deciphering the Arabic writings and make the translations available to others visiting the Arab Hall.

Download the Arab Hall Inscriptions booklet



Leighton’s paintings often portray and evoke sensory experiences- sounds, smells, tactile or textured objects, movement, rich visual environments and even different temperatures.

In this series of information sheets, we will look at some of Leighton’s paintings through the five senses lenses.


1. MOTHER AND CHILD (CHERRIES) 1864-65 Blackburn Museum and Art Gallery

Get inspiration from Leighton's painting to create a dish with cherries or to design a space for yourself as comfortable as the one in the painting.



2. THE MUSIC LESSON, 1877 Guildhall Art Gallery, City of London

Get inspiration from Leighton's painting to make or listen to music, visit a park or garden to look for plants you like or rearrange objects in your environment to suite your mood.



3. LA NANNA (PAVONIA), 1859 Leighton House Museum

Perhaps you could be inspired by La Nanna to dress differently today? Is there a combination of colours, textures or materials which make you feel good? Are there objects in your home which give you pleasure to look at or touch?




Our programme of online resources is supported by the National Lottery Heritage Fund

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