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.

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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15/05/2020

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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

Happy Wednesday lovely people, we’ve just given the inside of our front door a few fresh coats of paint ready to welcome...
13/05/2020

Happy Wednesday lovely people, we’ve just given the inside of our front door a few fresh coats of paint ready to welcome people back into the House, here’s an interesting fact; our door is upside down! It was put back in the wrong way up by some workmen many years ago, why? Well your guess is as good as ours!
#burghhouse #nw3 #hampstead #hampsteadvillage #farrowandball #why

Don’t forget you still have time to sign up on our website for our free enews letter, this week a nursing special. Link in bio.

Today marks 200 years since the birth of Hampstead resident Florence Nightingale. It is also #InternationalNursesDay !We...
12/05/2020

Today marks 200 years since the birth of Hampstead resident Florence Nightingale. It is also #InternationalNursesDay !
We are so grateful to all nurses for their skill, dedication and commitment now more than ever.
You can find out more about Florence Nightingale's pioneering contributions to healthcare in this fantastic online exhibition from Florence Nightingale Museum https://bit.ly/3cCQGvW

Image: National Portrait Gallery Florence Nightingale by Henry Hering, copied by Elliott & Fry, half-plate glass copy negative, 1950s (late 1856-1857)

Let us introduce you to Alice Ashley. Alice was the daughter of eminent architect H V Ashley, who designed many building...
11/05/2020

Let us introduce you to Alice Ashley. Alice was the daughter of eminent architect H V Ashley, who designed many buildings in Hampstead. This charming painting from 1937 is by Donald Chisholm Towner (1903-1985) and is one of two paintings of Alice by Towner hanging @burghhouse1704 at the moment. She was a good friend of his and sat for him many times, we’ll share the other with you tomorrow. ‘Alice Ashley on a Garden Seat’ hangs pride of place over the fireplace in the Music Room.
Please don’t forget to sign up on our website for our enews letter, coming out every Friday at the moment, packed with stories and info.
#burghhouse
#hampstead
#hampsteadvillage
#nw3
#oilpainting
#portrait

We promised to share a bit more about the library @burghhouse1704 We know it’s one of your favourite rooms. The first pi...
07/05/2020

We promised to share a bit more about the library @burghhouse1704
We know it’s one of your favourite rooms. The first picture is a bit of a #throwbackthursday one showing the room in 1924. The library is the only room in the house to have the later edition of a Victorian ornamental cornice in plaster, it’s likely that because in the 19th and early 20th centuries this room was the main drawing room of Burgh House. Mid 1920s renovations put back much of the room to its earlier Georgian simplicity.
If you were wondering why we call it the library, it’s because it was used from 1979 as a lending library and reading room and the name sort of stuck!
We can now proudly share our post tlc pictures having spent the last few days touching up the paintwork, repainting the floor and waxing the furniture. We can’t wait to let you back in, it’s the perfect post lockdown #weddingvenue
For anyone doing a spot of work to their home and want some colour inspiration, our library is painted in #farrowandball Olive, with Winborne White highlights and Studio Green on the floor.
Hope you have a great bank holiday weekend
#burghhouse #hampstead #nw3 #diy #colourinspiration #hampsteadvillage #interiordesign

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Have you spotted our beautiful music room in @rickygervais After Life?  You can watch series two on @NetflixUK now!And b...
06/05/2020

Have you spotted our beautiful music room in @rickygervais After Life? You can watch series two on @NetflixUK now!
And by the way, the house is available for hire for #weddings #filming #dinner and more....
#hampstead #afterlife

Happy Monday everyone #mondaymotivation , the sun is shining, what better time to tackle that job that you’ve been putti...
04/05/2020

Happy Monday everyone #mondaymotivation , the sun is shining, what better time to tackle that job that you’ve been putting off for ages! Here @burghhouse1704 we are starting work on the library floor. The library is one of the most popular spaces in the House (it’s even licensed for weddings) it’s restful green colour scheme is tied together by the glorious jade green colour of the painted floor. Best wishes to everyone at home starting that big diy job too! Check back in a couple of days for the finished results and a bit of history about the room.
#farrowandball #hampstead #burghhouse #diy #studiogreen #hampsteadvillage #museum @ Hampstead, United Kingdom

Life is a rollercoaster, you can say that again! Usually this weekend would fill Hampstead with the sounds and smells of...
03/05/2020

Life is a rollercoaster, you can say that again! Usually this weekend would fill Hampstead with the sounds and smells of the fair. Alas, no funfair today, so we thought we’d brighten your Sunday with this vibrant more modern painting from the collection @burghhouse1704 instead.
This oil on canvas from 2006 is called ‘Hampstead Fair’ and is by Michael Quirke (1946-) Michael studied St Martins and is particularly known for his dazzling London scenes.
Stay safe, stay home and don’t forget to sign up for our weekly enews letter on our website (link in bio)

#hampsteadvillage #hampstead #hampsteadheath #funfair #burgh #burghhouse #oilpainting #nw3 #itstheweekend @ Hampstead, United Kingdom

Have you got that #fridayfeeling ? This guy has. He may look like a belly dancer but this stunning vase is actually enti...
01/05/2020

Have you got that #fridayfeeling ? This guy has. He may look like a belly dancer but this stunning vase is actually entitled ‘Sergeant Major’ (he’s saluting) it’s a fire clay vase by Alan Adams made in 1960 and was gifted to @burghhouse1704 by the artist. He stands guard on the half landing to the first floor.

Stay safe and have a great weekend
#burghhouse #hampstead #fireclay #friday #readyfortheweekend #nw3 #tfifriday #staysafe #stayhome

During the lockdown we’ve been bringing Burgh House to our supporters at home through our weekly newsletter.Filled with ...
30/04/2020

During the lockdown we’ve been bringing Burgh House to our supporters at home through our weekly newsletter.
Filled with behind the scenes info about our exhibitions and events, recipes, family activities and snippets of the history of our house, there is something for everyone to enjoy.
Subscribe for free in time to receive tomorrow’s edition, featuring a message from our Guest Curator Gill Clarke!
Sign up here https://bit.ly/3f8nxue
📸 Annie Bradney Photography
#hampstead #museumfromhome #museum #hampsteadvillage

The last painting we are sharing as part of the BBC’s #MuseumFromHome event is ‘Welsh Hills’ by the artist Fred Uhlman. ...
30/04/2020

The last painting we are sharing as part of the BBC’s #MuseumFromHome event is ‘Welsh Hills’ by the artist Fred Uhlman.
Uhlman was born in Stuttgart in 1901 but was forced to flee Germany in 1933 due to his
left-wing anti-fascist activity.

He eventually settled in London in
September 1936. Trained as a lawyer but unable to find work, he began to
paint and was celebrated for his ‘naïve’ art style.
In 1938 Fred and his wife Diana (1912-99) moved to 47 Downshire Hill in Hampstead, from where they provided support and hospitality to many exiled artists fleeing Nazi- occupied Europe.

Uhlman and his family spent summer holidays in Croesor Valley, Gwynedd
in Wales. He was deeply inspired by the Welsh landscape and throughout
the 1940s, 50s and 60s he painted many brooding scenes of Welsh hills
and mines.
This dark, night-time scene is typical of his treatment of this subject matter during the 1950s.

Fred Uhlman (1901-1985), Welsh Hills, ca. 1950s, Oil on canvas

@bbcarts @museumsassociation @artfund
#hampstead #art #museumathome #museumsunlocked #CultureinQuarantine
#museumlife

Three of the most delightful and energetic works in our collection nowhang on our landing. They were made by the Indian ...
30/04/2020

Three of the most delightful and energetic works in our collection now
hang on our landing.
They were made by the Indian expressionist painter Lancelot Ribeiro (1933-2010) and depict a landscape, townscape and treescape. Each piece is distinctive in style and provides an insight into Ribeiro's inventive and experimental approach to materials and technique.

Born in Bombay, India, Ribeiro initially intended to pursue a career in accountancy but after attending life drawing classes at St Martin's School in London between 1951 and 1953, he decided to pursue art.

Ribeiro’s first solo exhibition at the Bombay Artist Aid Salon in 1961
launched his artistic career. The following year, Ribeiro and his wife settled in Belsize Park near Hampstead.
In the 1960s Ribeiro began experimenting with different materials,
combining them to produce various effects within his work.
Untitled (Compositional Landscape) was made by combining watercolour with varnish and metallic inks to create a dramatic effect. At the time it was made,
Ribeiro was living in a small attic flat near Hampstead Heath.

1. Untitled (Townscape), 1964, Oil on board
2. Untitled (Compositional Landscape), 1986, Watercolour, ink and
varnish on card
3. Untitled (Treescape), ca.1986, Watercolour and varnish on card
© Lancelot Ribeiro Estate

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#hampstead #museumsfromhome

The second painting we’re sharing today has recently returned from conservation and has been beautifully framed ready fo...
30/04/2020

The second painting we’re sharing today has recently returned from conservation and has been beautifully framed ready for you to enjoy. It was made by the artist Daphne Charlton who studied at the Slade School of Art.
At the Slade she met her husband George, a fellow painter and a teacher at the school. In 1932 they moved to 40 New End Square in Hampstead, just opposite @burghhouse1704, where they became part of a vast network of artists living and working in the local area.
The man playing the piano in the portrait is most likely Ian Kellam (1933-2014), a renowned musician who was a good friend of Daphne and George. He met the couple in the 1950s and remarked that: “no one who knew Daphne would ever remember her with indifference... What a gorgon she could be, what an enchantress!” Kellam studied at the Royal Academy of Music in 1954 and gained recognition in his career for the musical scores he produced for the Royal Shakespeare Company.
Daphne Charlton (1909 - 1991), Portrait of a man, ca. 1950s, Oil on canvas
BBC Arts Museums Association Art Fund
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Burgh House, New End Square, Hampstead
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NW3 1LT

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Wednesday 12:00 - 17:00
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 :)
Can't see this event on page
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...