Friends of Leighton House

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Taking a trip back in time

Frederic, Lord Leighton, one of the most famous artists of the 19th century, lived and worked in Holland Park, London. His former home and studio, Leighton House, has been lovingly restored and attracts visitors from around the world. There you can discover a unique collection of paintings, sculpture, photographs, drawings and furnishings relating to the artist’s life and travels in the Middle East.

Our grant of £45,450 helped kit out Leighton House’s new learning centre, part of a major redevelopment that was completed in October 2022. The centre will run a range of workshops and activities – from music and drama to language learning and story-telling – and includes more spaces to display work created by participants.

  • In 2023/24, 3,500 young people are expected to visit Leighton House and use the facilities including the new learning centre.
  • The museum will host almost 200 public events a year, including 80 workshops.
  • There’ll be 24 virtual learning events reaching approximately 1,440 participants.

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New and improved facilities

At the new learning centre, there is now space for talks and seminars, research and presentations, learning about objects and artefacts, and activities which link to the garden. With improved network access, interactive white-boards and speakers, the learning centre is used for an expanded programme of online workshops, reaching wider global audiences than ever before.

People of all ages and walks of life are benefiting from the improved facilities at Leighton House – including school children, teachers, adult learners, families, learners with additional needs, and creatives and academics who’ll support the learning centre’s programme of activities.

“Our aspiration is for Leighton House to become a beacon for learning and engagement within the borough. The beautiful environment of the house itself, combined with the garden space beyond, have so much potential. Properly equipping the learning centre in the historic basement to match our growing learning offer is key to unlocking this potential and realising our vision.”

Daniel Robbins, Senior Curator, Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea

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