Burgh House & Hampstead Museum

Burgh House & Hampstead Museum Burgh House is a community centre, museum, venue and art gallery and home to the Buttery Cafe. FREE ENTRY
Burgh House is a beautiful Grade I listed Queen Anne house in the heart of Hampstead in London. It is a registered charity and open free of charge to the public as a community arts centre with a changing programme of art exhibitions, talks and concerts. Like us to hear about all our exciting events! Burgh House is also home to the Hampstead Museum, with over 3000 objects relating to art and life in Hampstead. A permanent display is located on the first floor, tracing Hampstead history from prehistoric times to the modern day. The licensed Buttery Cafe serves delicious lunches, mother-watering teas and weekend brunch. Book early to sample their famous Sunday roast! The House is available for hire for parties, lectures, concerts, wedding ceremonies and receptions. Visit our website or get in touch to find out more.
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Mission: To preserve Burgh House for generations to come.

In 1979 after a campaign uniting the community in Hampstead, @burghhouse1704 was saved for the public. At the same time ...
05/06/2020

In 1979 after a campaign uniting the community in Hampstead, @burghhouse1704 was saved for the public. At the same time in San Francisco following the assassination of city supervisor Harvey Milk demand for rainbow flags grew. The iconic 6 stripe flag 🏳️‍🌈was adopted for the 1979 San Francisco parade. We love the way our flag lights the landing at Burgh House, a little beacon of hope and solidarity, not only for the #lgbtq community but for everyone to come together in solidarity with everyone facing injustice and discrimination.
#burghhouse
#historichomes
#pride #pridemonth #pride🌈
#youmeuswe #lovewins #loveislove
#cometogether #solidarity
#nw3 #hampsteadvillage #hampstead #community

June marks #pridemonth a time to celebrate and support the #lgtbq+ community. Historically, the #Pride movement has been...
04/06/2020

June marks #pridemonth a time to celebrate and support the #lgtbq+ community. Historically, the #Pride movement has been built on a foundation of standing up for one another. From the Stonewall Uprising through to the present day, Pride has always been the moment where LGBTQ+ people and allies come together as a community in solidarity with one another.

LGBTQ+ people, especially people of colour and those from marginalised communities, continue to come under attack from many sides.

Now, more than ever is the time for everyone to stand together in solidarity, to listen to each other and make our world a better, safer place.

#lovewins
#loveislove
#pride
#youmeuswe
#blacklivesmatter
#lqbt
#hampstead
#burghhouse

Burgh House is proud to be part of a sector that is taking the responsibility for ending racism within arts, heritage, m...
03/06/2020
Heritage sector organisations issue joint statement of intent - AIM - Association of Independent Museums

Burgh House is proud to be part of a sector that is taking the responsibility for ending racism within arts, heritage, museum, gallery and archive organisations. This work is overdue. This work is non-negotiable. It cuts across all aspects of our sector, from the collections we curate and preserve, the people who make up the heritage workforce, to the learning programmes we deliver.

As Black Lives Matter protests grow in the U.S., UK museum and heritage organisations have called for a step-change in how the sector addresses racism.

Burgh House stands in solidarity with communinities across the world who continue to suffer racial inequality and discri...
02/06/2020

Burgh House stands in solidarity with communinities across the world who continue to suffer racial inequality and discrimination.

In line with our equalities policy we believe that silence is compliance.

We must all do better.

Burgh House is committed creating an inclusive community for our staff, visitors and users and that understanding systemic racism, privilege and unconcious bias is something that we must all take upon ourselves to create real change.

#museumsarenotneutral
#blacklivesmatter
#blackouttuesday

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01/06/2020

Burgh House & Hampstead Museum

🎬 ACTION! 🎬Hampstead has been home to its fair share of film stars over the years, and this photograph from our collecti...
01/06/2020

🎬 ACTION! 🎬
Hampstead has been home to its fair share of film stars over the years, and this photograph from our collection shows the actor Clive Brook who was born #onthisday in 1887.

After making his first screen appearance in 1920, Brook moved to the United States and went on to star in some of Hollywood’s most renowned films. In one of his best-known appearances he starred opposite Marlene Dietrich in the film 'Shanghai Express' (1932). Brook moved back to the UK in the 1930s and continued to star in some of the leading films produced in the following decade. This photo from 1939 shows Clive relaxing in the conservatory of his Hampstead home, Squire's Mount.

Image: Clive Brook at home, photograph, 1939
#hampstead #hampsteadvillage #nw3 #history

Our second story of #resilience for #LondonHistoryDay is how Burgh House was saved!Built in 1704, Burgh House is one of ...
31/05/2020

Our second story of #resilience for #LondonHistoryDay is how Burgh House was saved!
Built in 1704, Burgh House is one of the oldest surviving houses in Hampstead and an important example of Queen Anne architecture.

A private residence for most of its life, in 1937 its last residents moved out and the house was left unoccupied until 1946 when Hampstead Borough Council restored the house and turned it into a community centre. Over the next 30 years, the house was used for meetings, parties and weddings until 1977 when Camden Council closed the house indefinitely after the discovery of dry rot.

Threatened with proposals to sell the house to a private company, a number of local residents banded together to form the Burgh House Group. They launched an appeal to save the House for public use, using the slogan 'Keep Burgh House', organising cultural events with the help of local celebrities, including Dame Judi Dench.

By 1979, the group had raised enough money to lease the house from Camden Council and on 8th September 1979, Burgh House & Hampstead Museum officially opened to the public.

The theme of resilience is as important to us today as it was back in 1977. As a self-funded charity, we support ourselves through weddings, private hire and your generous donations. They help us to remain open to the public for free and support an exciting and vibrant programme of exhibitions, talks, concerts, workshops, clubs and cultural events, as well as our museum!
We hope to reopen very soon but please do consider donating to support the house during this difficult period (link in bio). Hope to see you all again soon!

Image: Burgh House Patrons Lord David Pitt and Princess Helena Moutafian cut the ribbon signifying the official opening of Burgh House & Hampstead Museum on 8 September 1979.

Historic England
#hampstead #hampsteadvillage #nw3 #hampsteadheath #london #history #museum

We are incredibly lucky to be able to enjoy open green spaces in London like Hampstead Heath. But did you know that in t...
31/05/2020

We are incredibly lucky to be able to enjoy open green spaces in London like Hampstead Heath. But did you know that in the early 19th century the Heath was under threat from development?
Today, on #LondonHistoryDay, we’re reflecting on the fascinating history of the Heath and how the people of Hampstead fought so hard to save it.

The battle began in 1829, when the Lord of the Manor of Hampstead, Sir Thomas Maryon Wilson, began making plans to develop parts of the Heath. This painting from our collection depicts the viaduct pond created as part of Sir Thomas’s scheme in the 1840s to convert the meadows adjoining the Heath into a park with 28 villas. A road was built through the estate and this brick viaduct carried the road across a swampy valley, which was drained to form the ornamental pond pictured.

The inhabitants of Hampstead fought to protect the Heath and by 1866, the Hampstead Heath Protection Fund Committee had been established in order to continue their campaign and to raise the funds to buy the land. The death of Sir Thomas in 1869 signalled an end to the fight but it was an Act of Parliament passed in 1871 that guaranteed the protection of 200 acres of the Heath for the people of London. Various campaigns since have seen further land added and today, the Heath contains over 800 acres of land.

Image: Rea Stavropoulos, 'The Viaduct on Hampstead Heath', oil on canvas, 1987-88

Historic England
#hampstead #hampsteadvillage #nw3 #hampsteadheath #london #history #museum

We were just wondering who might have purchased these bottles and what they may have contained, before being thrown away...
30/05/2020

We were just wondering who might have purchased these bottles and what they may have contained, before being thrown away? They were all mudlarked from the Thames and could have held juices, medicine, poison, ink, beard oil or any number of products. On such a hot day we were particularly taken by the Eiffel Tower Lemonade, but it had crossed our minds that it would have been a bit disappointing to ship all the way from Paris a bottle that could hold just a few swigs, so we had a check and we were wrong on both accounts, Eiffel Tower Lemonade was incredibly popular and came all the way from Maidstone in concentrate. Perfect for a sunny weekend on the Heath!

#burghhouse
#hampstead
#nw3
#mudlarking
#victoriana
#hampsteadvillage
#hampsteadheath

Morning all, such beautiful light this morning, makes us feel glad to be alive.Couldn’t resist a picture of the early mo...
29/05/2020

Morning all, such beautiful light this morning, makes us feel glad to be alive.
Couldn’t resist a picture of the early morning sunshine making tree patterns on the front door. The last picture is just to prove that yes, we were shamed into getting the brasso out before taking the snap.
Take care and see you soon.
#burghhouse
#historichomes #beautiful #hampstead #nw3 #hampsteadvillage

Have you been keeping with up with our Family Challenge videos? Our wonderful Learning and Outreach Manager, Maria, has ...
28/05/2020

Have you been keeping with up with our Family Challenge videos? Our wonderful Learning and Outreach Manager, Maria, has been creating videos to keep families entertained at home.
Our most recent challenge is inspired by the work of Randolph Schwabe.
Find all of the videos on our website here https://bit.ly/2Agq31I
And remember to share your creations with us, we love seeing them! #fromhouse2house #museumfromhome
Randolph Schwabe (1885-1948), 'Bank Holiday- The Swings', lithograph, 1915

Morning lovely people 🌱 We’re up early today as it got far too hot out for us yesterday #notcomplaining 🌞We’ve repotted ...
28/05/2020

Morning lovely people 🌱
We’re up early today as it got far too hot out for us yesterday #notcomplaining 🌞
We’ve repotted our pots, keeping those geraniums happy, ready to welcome you back to our garden soon. #burghhouse #gardening #geranium #morningmotivation #hampstead

A couple of hours and one irate pigeon in, and even if we haven’t, a least the curtilage @burghhouse1704 is getting a ha...
27/05/2020

A couple of hours and one irate pigeon in, and even if we haven’t, a least the curtilage @burghhouse1704 is getting a haircut!
Hope everyone is having a productive Wednesday.
#burghhouse
#ivy
#pruning
#curbappeal
#historichomes
#hampstead
#gardening
#haircut #nw3

We call this installation ‘expectation’, no seriously it is just a stack of chairs ready for a clean before being put ba...
26/05/2020

We call this installation ‘expectation’, no seriously it is just a stack of chairs ready for a clean before being put back in the Music Room. We enjoyed the normality of moving chairs this morning, it was like the good old days! Hoping like everyone else there is a light at the end of the tunnel. Hope to see everyone soon! Stay safe!
#burghhouse
#historichomes
#newnormal
#hampstead
#hampsteadvillage

Phew....did anyone else start an epic job during lockdown? We decided to make use of our time after polishing the panell...
25/05/2020

Phew....did anyone else start an epic job during lockdown? We decided to make use of our time after polishing the panelling to strip all the old polish off the Music Room floor. In our heads this would look somewhat like that beautiful painting in the @museeorsay by Gustave Caillebotte of the floor strippers, the reality took three days longer and was a lot more sweaty and back breaking! We nearly gave up, but, have just finished and (forgive the moulting mop) seeing the glorious light from the windows bring out the colour of the floor made it all worth it. So wishing you all a lovely #bankholiday and success in finishing that project that turned out to be that bit bigger than expected. We are off to have a lie down!
#burghhouse
#historichomes
#floor
#diy
#hampsteadvillage
#hampstead
#knackered

🌱🌷🌹🌺🌸What a difference in 8 weeks! When this lockdown started the garden @burghhouse1704 was bare, and we were excitedly...
23/05/2020

🌱🌷🌹🌺🌸What a difference in 8 weeks! When this lockdown started the garden @burghhouse1704 was bare, and we were excitedly waiting for the first flowers to come. Look at it now! Like us, it is in need of a good haircut. Who else has some gardening planned for this bank holiday weekend? We seriously can’t overstate how important this little patch of garden has been for our mental wellbeing during this time, and we hope to be able to share our beautiful garden cafe area with you very soon with @leafi_uk
Hope you have a lovely weekend
🌻🌼

#burghhouse
#wellness
#garden
#hampsteadvillage
#nw3
#roses
#cafe

It’s the little things that make us smile, right?In cleaning and polishing the panelling in our beautiful Music Room @bu...
19/05/2020

It’s the little things that make us smile, right?
In cleaning and polishing the panelling in our beautiful Music Room @burghhouse1704 as part of our #lockdown maintenance work, we found these little delights. When using reclaimed panels in the 1920s the builders where unable to bend the old wood to form the bay window so had to use a plywood. They craftily painted knots to match the Georgian wood, so well we had never noticed! In our defence they are behind the curtains, behind the piano. It made us smile, we hope they make you smile too!
#burghhouse
#historichomes
#crafty
#hampsteadvillage
#hampstead
#panelling
#itsthelittlethings

Time for today’s #mondaymotivation Who else has got to that point on their lockdown list of jobs where it is time to tac...
18/05/2020

Time for today’s #mondaymotivation
Who else has got to that point on their lockdown list of jobs where it is time to tackle that enormous cleaning job? Here @burghhouse1704 we are giving a good #spingcleaning to the expanse of panelling in our glorious Music Room. Making quite a few spiders homeless in the process! Now you may be wondering why the panelling is stripped in this room and painted in the rest of the House? A good question! Burgh House was built in 1704 and extended in 1720 and the panelling is of Scandinavian pine and we can can hear the historians shouting, yes was never meant to be seen, not a cheap wood like pine, it would always have been painted. The Music room is however a 1920s room and although the panelling is reclaimed Georgian panels from Weatherall House (see our post from a few days ago) the design was stripped at the time and so we have left the 20s finish,giving a lovely honey coloured glow to the room.
Good luck with your spring cleaning at home.

#historichomes #burghhouse #nw3 #clean #interiordesign #panelling #hampstead #hampsteadvillage #mondaymood #mondaymorning

Just finishing giving our front door a much needed paint job yesterday, when our lovely postman asked why so many old bu...
17/05/2020

Just finishing giving our front door a much needed paint job yesterday, when our lovely postman asked why so many old buildings in Hampstead had the doors and gates painted dark green. At the time I was covered in the paint and trying to remove an ant that had crawled up the pristine finish, so promised to answer on social media.
Our front door is painted in @littlegreenepaintcompany ‘invisible green’. It’s a traditional oil based gloss (the stuff that stinks, takes forever to dry and dribbles everywhere, but handled right leaves a magnificent finish).
Invisible green was a colour made popular by famous 18th century landscape gardener Humphrey Repton as it blended railings and fencing into the background vegetation so well. It became a super popular colour for the Georgian era. Hampstead is one of the very first conservation areas formed after the 1968 Town and Country Planning Act and with Burgh House being Grade I listed it’s important to choose colours and materials carefully. So in answer to our postie, people use this green because it’s a good traditional colour, much more flattering than the more modern black, it looks amazing against brick work, and planning committees love it too.
#burghhouse #invisiblegreen #curbappeal #nw3 #hanpsteadvillage

🌹Roses are such an important symbol in many cultures. They can represent love, loss, happiness, gratitude and grief. In ...
15/05/2020

🌹Roses are such an important symbol in many cultures. They can represent love, loss, happiness, gratitude and grief. In times like this, something as simple as a flower can make such a difference, as we remember to take a little time to appreciate nature and the people we love. They smell amazing too! Here are the roses @burghhouse1704 doing their thing this afternoon. #nofilter
We hope you can enjoy them with us soon. Have a safe and happy weekend.
#burghhouse
#rose #roses #historichomes #hampstead #hampsteadvillage #fridayvibes #nw3

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Good morning all, you seemed to love last weeks #throwbackthursday of the library @burghhouse1704 so we thought let’s sh...
14/05/2020

Good morning all, you seemed to love last weeks #throwbackthursday of the library @burghhouse1704 so we thought let’s show you the Music Room this week.
The first two pictures are from 1925. In 1924 Captain Constantine Evelyn Benson and his wife Lady Morvyth (daughter of the Earl of Dudley) bought Burgh House for the sun of £4,750. They got stuck in demolishing the gothic extension and building the current Music room in the Queen Anne style using panelling from Weatherall House, the old long room for the spa (on the Burgh House estate) which they converted into a ‘superior gymnasium’. We love the sumptuous looking silk cushions, and interesting you can see that originally the doors slid back behind the panelling... fancy! The Bensons’ loved a good party. Their daughter Gillian (Lady Tomkins of Winslow Hall) recalled famous visitors “such as one or two royals... including the Prince of Wales and the impromptu musical evenings with Hutch and Cole Porter.
We think they’d be delighted their Music Room is still being used for so many wonderful recitals, celebrations and weddings, though perhaps less enthused by its current temporary use as a workshop during lockdown for maintenance.
Don’t worry we will have it Spick-and-span ready to welcome you back.
We can’t wait to be helping our lovely wedding couples to create their perfect day again soon.

#burghhouse #hampsteadvillage #hampstead #nw3 #brightyoungthings #coleporter #1920s

Back to Alice Ashley again. Yes we had meant to share this yesterday as promised, but to be quite honest, we are struggl...
13/05/2020

Back to Alice Ashley again. Yes we had meant to share this yesterday as promised, but to be quite honest, we are struggling to remember what day of the week it is!
Here is the other painting of Alice by Donald Towner, this time playing the piano in 1937. She hangs in the library now @burghhouse1704 after having some restoration done (see her pictured in the conservation studio of the wonderful Isabel Horovitz). As a small independent self-funding charity, we rely heavily on the generosity of our visitors donations and memberships to show paintings like this to the public for free, so a massive thanks to everyone for keeping us here
#hampstead
#hampsteadvillage
#paintingconservation
#portrait
#burghhouse

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Burgh House, New End Square, Hampstead
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Thursday 12:00 - 17:00
Friday 12:00 - 17:00
Sunday 12:00 - 17:00

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Any Music on, at Burgh House, today? :)
Dear Burgh House, any Music/performances today? Regards :)
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Hi all, thought this pic of the Queen in Haverstock Hill in 1953 would be of interest. It was sent to me by an ex-Facebook friend who grew up in Glenloch Rd in the 1940s/50s and he said that he took it in 1953 soon after the Coronation when she did a tour of the area. The car is passing by what is now the Pizza Express, near the former florist just before Belsize Park tube station. 😀
Hi there, I hope this is of interest. I al so have a film of Whitestone Pond frozen and ice skaters in the winter of 1965-66.
This Friday!
The website no longer seems to exist. (I can't reach it). I hope this doesn't mean that Burgh House is closed...