Dorich House Museum

Dorich House Museum Dorich House Museum is the former home of the internationally acclaimed Estonian Sculptor Dora Gordine (1895-1991) and her husband, the Hon.
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Richard Hare. Kingston University's Dorich House Museum is currently closed in line with government guidelines. Please check back in January for information on our reopening.

Temporarily closed

05/12/2020

Our Russian Winter Weekend talks have ended, but the weekend's not over yet! Check out our website: https://www.dorichhousemuseum.org.uk/news-events/ for beautiful new photos of some of our Russian icons, and fun activities for the whole family over the Christmas season, including a free colouring book inspired by our Russian collection by Museum Assistant Kyle Campbell-Pope and the recipe for our cafe's delicious gingerbread cake, along with a short cooking demonstration. If you take part in either activity, please tag us - we'd love to see what you create! And don't forget that the museum is open for pre-booked visits next Friday and Saturday, and we still have a few slots available, which you can book via Eventbrite: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/dorich-house-museum-visit-december-2020-tickets-130783373591

Interested in learning more about the museum's Russian Collection? Check out our free online talk on Saturday 5th Decemb...
26/11/2020
Online Talk | Dorich House Museum Russian Collection with Alison McGregor

Interested in learning more about the museum's Russian Collection? Check out our free online talk on Saturday 5th December by Dorich House Museum tour guide Alison McGregor! Book your spot here: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/online-talk-dorich-house-museum-russian-collection-with-alison-mcgregor-tickets-129267583823

Alison McGregor speaks about Dorich House Museum's Russian Collection as part of our virtual Russian Winter Weekend

Don't miss our upcoming Russian Winter Weekend, a free online programme of talks and fun family activities on the 4th an...
19/11/2020

Don't miss our upcoming Russian Winter Weekend, a free online programme of talks and fun family activities on the 4th and 5th December! Highlights include Russian art expert Cynthia Coleman Sparke's talk on Fabergé, Dorich House tour guide Alison McGregor's talk on the museum's Russian collection, a cookery demonstration where you can learn to make the museum's delicious Russian gingerbread, a family art activity, and more! For more information, including booking info, please visit our website: https://www.dorichhousemuseum.org.uk/2020/11/19/russian-winter-weekend-2020-online/

14/10/2020
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There are still a few spaces left on our guided tour this Friday 16 October at 11am. Join our wonderful tour guides to learn more about Dorich House, its collections and former occupants.
For all available times and dates, visit our website.
dorichhousemuseum.org.uk/visit/
Pre booking is essential.

This weekend the UK’s largest architectural festival Open House London takes place. The event this year will be more div...
18/09/2020

This weekend the UK’s largest architectural festival Open House London takes place. The event this year will be more diverse than ever, featuring live talks, walks and buildings to visit along with an extensive online programme showcasing buildings that are unable to open their doors.
While we remain closed to the public, Dorich House Museum will be participating online and we invite you to visit our website to view Open House related content including a new short film Dorich House: Then and Now created by photographer Ellie Laycock which shows how the building has changed over the years. www.dorichhousemuseum.org.uk/2020/09/02/open-house-london/
While online, make sure to visit Kingston University, virtually showcasing its new building Town House and discover why it is the new hub for students, staff, the local community and beyond. Make sure to also tune in to Mill Street Building at Knights Park which is the refurbished Kingston School of Art extension with brand-new workshops and studios.
Locally, the Borough of Kingston upon Thames has a range of walks and buildings to visit plus plenty of online content. Don’t miss a virtual tour of The Picker House, Designed by Kenneth Wood and completed in 1968, the house was built for the patron of the arts and businessman Stanley Picker and is a time capsule of 1960s art and design. More information about the Picker House and Stanley Picker can be found on the Stanley Picker Gallery website.
www.facebook.com/openhouselondon2020

Each year in September, Dorich House Museum participates in Heritage Open Days, England’s largest festival of history an...
11/09/2020
Heritage Open Days 2020 Hidden Nature | The Dorich House Plot | Dorich House Museum

Each year in September, Dorich House Museum participates in Heritage Open Days, England’s largest festival of history and culture. For the first time, the Heritage Open Days (HODs) programme will comprise a mix of in-person and digital events;
This year’s theme is Hidden Nature which offers an opportunity to discover the nature that exists on our doorsteps, as well as the built heritage.

As Dorich House Museum is unable to open to the public for this year’s festival, our Curator Fiona Fisher has shared some insights on our website about the garden and grounds at Dorich House Museum, some of which has been uncovered as part of our current National Lottery Heritage Fund project, 'The Squatter Years: Recovering Dorich House Museum’s Recent Past'.

🍀 Hidden Nature themed Dorich House Museum content is available to view in the News and Events section of our website.

Locally you are invited to delve into Kingston’s heritage with a series of Heritage Open Days commencing ‪on Friday 11 September‬ and running ‪until 20 September‬. The festival will comprise talks and walks, and plenty of online content celebrating the borough’s rich 1100-year history, all of which are free to explore!

https://www.dorichhousemuseum.org.uk/2020/08/20/heritage-open-days-2020/

Studio Home of Dora Gordine & Richard Hare

08/09/2020

Dorich House Museum is hiring! We're looking for an excellent administrator with strong IT and digital marketing skills for a part-time, fixed term Museum Coordinator role.

More info here: https://bit.ly/2GQFUHH

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🏠 Recently, as part of one of our weekly newsletters with partner venue Stanley Picker Gallery, our Museum & Gallery Ass...
03/08/2020

🏠 Recently, as part of one of our weekly newsletters with partner venue Stanley Picker Gallery, our Museum & Gallery Assistants Zainab & Kyle devised some window-inspired creative activities to try at home.

Here are a few responses from our friends Sherwood Grange Care Home - thanks for sharing!

You can revisit the original activity here:
https://www.stanleypickergallery.org/events/participation/community/get-creative-windows/

🥘 The theme for today’s newsletter with @stanleypicker is the Culture of Food in society and in our daily lives. Growing...
30/07/2020

🥘 The theme for today’s newsletter with @stanleypicker is the Culture of Food in society and in our daily lives. Growing, cooking, and sharing food was an important part of everyday life at Dorich House. Dora Gordine’s belief was that hospitality was ‘the most sacred part’ of ‘the art of living.’
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This week, we are feeling inspired by the Russian Gingerbread mold pictured here, part of the museum’s Russian Collection. What new dishes have you created at home over recent weeks? What recipes best represent your own cultural heritage? Tag us @dorichhousemuseum
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📷 Image 1: Dora Gordine, Still Life with Gourds, c. 1925, oil on canvas
Image 2: Russian gingerbread mold, Dorich House Museum Russian Collection. Photo: Ellie Laycock
#dorichhousemuseum #doragordine #cooking #gingerbread #stilllifepainting

🐛 The theme for today’s newsletter with our partner venue @stanleypicker is Exploring Our Locality..Dorich House Museum ...
09/07/2020

🐛 The theme for today’s newsletter with our partner venue @stanleypicker is Exploring Our Locality.
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Dorich House Museum lies next to Richmond Park, right at the north-eastern edge of the Royal Borough of Kingston upon Thames, an area rich in open green space that includes Wimbledon and Putney Commons. The Museum’s surroundings were recently captured in a film by Museum & Gallery Assistant Kyle Campbell-Pope 🎥 pictured above, about what our venues mean to him and fellow students.
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@kingstonuniversity Biodiversity Action Group works on University campuses and the local area, including Dorich House Museum, with the aims of improving green spaces for both wildlife and people, undertaking practical conservation projects that aim to protect, enhance and create habitats for wildlife.
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🦋 This week, we chatted to Sivi Sivanesan, Biodiversity and Landscape Manager, Estates and Sustainability, Kingston University “…This has been a strange summer, as we have had to reduce and stop a lot of our normal volunteering work, and lots of our sites are currently closed to the public. However, we are attempting to survey all of our sites for butterflies as part of the Big Butterfly Count run by @savebutterflies “
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Those who are local to Kingston University can volunteer to help with the butterfly count. To sign up, email [email protected] #butterflycount #kingstonuniversity #dorichhousemuseum #biodiversity

02/07/2020
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The theme for today’s newsletter with our partner venue Stanley Picker Gallery, Thursday 2 July, is Young Creatives, to celebrate Children’s Art Week, International Youth Arts Festival and Young KAOS Prize 2020, and the creativity of the many children and young people that we work with throughout the year at both our venues.

As part of Art UK’s ambitious Sculpture Project to create a free-to-access online photographic showcase of the UK’s publicly owned sculpture, Dorich House Museum took part in two initiatives to get more children and young people involved with sculpture. We were delighted to collaborate with St Andrew’s and St Mark’s junior school in Surbiton on the Masterpieces in Schools programme and took three works by Dora Gordine out to the school for the children to study and enjoy. We also participated in Sculpture Around You with Culture Street and students from Cranford Community College to create one of a series of short films in which young people were invited to review sculpture held in UK public collections. Led by the museum’s Venue and Events Coordinator Glenyss Lipscombe, the students shared their thoughts and ideas about the Dora Gordine’s work and Dorich House, and then had a go at modelling their own portrait head clay sculptures on armatures - https://vimeo.com/292110738#at=4

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🏘 Dorich House Museum is a member of @iconichouses an international network of architecturally significant modern houses...
25/06/2020

🏘 Dorich House Museum is a member of @iconichouses an international network of architecturally significant modern houses that open to the public. The network supports cooperation around areas of mutual interest, such as research and conservation. Over the last two years we have worked with Natascha Drabbe (Iconic Houses), Janice Lyle (Sunnylands Center and Gardens) and Chandler McCoy (Getty Conservation Institute) on the Steering Committee for a new Iconic Houses initiative, Icons at Risk, to raise awareness of the world’s most endangered architecturally important modern houses.
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Houses of the second half of the 20th century – including examples by leading international architects – are particularly at vulnerable to demolition as many are not yet old enough to benefit from heritage protection. Icons at Risk provides a simple Alert mechanism to allow house owners and the public to raise awareness of buildings under threat and spotlights campaigns to support their protection and conservation.
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📸 Pictured: Casa Sperimentale, Fregene, Italy, designed by Giuseppe Perugini, Uga De Plaisant, Raynaldo Perugini, 1968-1975, one of Iconic Houses’ ‘Icons at Risk’. Photo: French+Tye
#dorichhousemuseum #iconichouses #iconsatrisk

Inspired by our National Lottery Heritage Fund project ‘The Squatter Years’, MA Museum and Gallery Studies students from...
19/06/2020

Inspired by our National Lottery Heritage Fund project ‘The Squatter Years’, MA Museum and Gallery Studies students from Kingston University have been working with the museum as part of their course to produce online exhibits reflecting on the occupation of Dorich House by ravers and squatters after Dora Gordine’s death in 1991. Visit the News & Events section of our website to listen to a podcast with oral histories from ravers by Lily Flood and view Eleanor Carter-Esdale’s ‘Online Exhibition’

https://www.dorichhousemuseum.org.uk/2020/06/18/students/

🏡 The theme for this week’s newsletter with our partner venue @stanleypicker is Curating the Home..Mantelpieces have his...
11/06/2020

🏡 The theme for this week’s newsletter with our partner venue @stanleypicker is Curating the Home.
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Mantelpieces have historically been significant sites of domestic display. Curated by Kingston University PhD candidate Ben Angwin and David Herbert, an author and private art collector, our 2018 exhibition ‘Mantlepiece Modernism: The Omega Workshops, Bloomsbury & Gordine’ was an exploration of the creative boundaries between domestic and studio interiors, and the ways artists curate and engage with their own environments.
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Angwin and Herbert reimagined the mantlepieces at Dorich House Museum, striking conversations between items produced by The Omega Workshops (1913–1919), a radical interior decorating firm who responded to Continental modernism; artist members of the Bloomsbury Group, including Roger Fry (1866–1934), Duncan Grant (1885–1978), and Vanessa Bell (1879–1961); and with the museum’s extensive collections of modern sculpture and decorative arts.
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📸 ‘Mantlepiece Modernism: The Omega Workshops, Bloomsbury & Gordine’, Dorich House Museum, 2018. Photo: Ellie Laycock

The theme for this week's newsletter with our partner venue Stanley Picker Gallery is sculpture & architecture. Dorich H...
21/05/2020

The theme for this week's newsletter with our partner venue Stanley Picker Gallery is sculpture & architecture. Dorich House was not only designed by Dora Gordine as a space in which to create and display her work, but was also conceived as a work of sculpture in itself.
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In 1983, when the house was granted listed building status, the listing acknowledged this sculptural quality, observing, "the building was designed as a sculptural object to be seen in the round and has no one principal elevation". Professor Fran Lloyd touches upon this in her essay, ‘Dora Gordine and Barbara Hepworth: Connections across time and space’ which you can read in full on our website https://www.dorichhousemuseum.org.uk/research-archive/dora-volume-one/
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💡And in case you missed it, yesterday Dorich House Museum set the questions for the The Guardian great British art quiz with Art UK - let us know if you score full marks! theguardian.com/culture/2020/may/20/what-is-the-secret-of-the-laughing-buttocks-the-great-british-art-quiz
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📸 Photo: Ellie Laycock
#dorichhousemuseum #doragordine #barbarahepworth #kingstonuniversity #sculpture #architecture

🏡 The theme for this week's newsletter with our partner venue @StanleyPicker is Outside-In, inviting you to explore the ...
15/05/2020

🏡 The theme for this week's newsletter with our partner venue @StanleyPicker is Outside-In, inviting you to explore the great outdoors from inside your home.
Aside from announcing the winners of our @kingstonuniversity deck chair design competition, this week we revisited our 2019 Studio Residency with @HenColeman, Black Wood, in which the artist incorporated charcoal made from wood found in the Dorich House Museum garden, and Professor Penny Sparke’s contribution to Dora: Dialogues on Women’s Creative Practice and Thinking, ‘Nature Inside: Plants and Flowers in Modern Interiors’.
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Head to our website to read more, and visit the @stanleypicker website to subscribe to receive future newsletters!
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📸 Image courtesy of Hen Coleman

🎨 Sherwood Grange Care Home is just down the road from Dorich House Museum, and we have previously had the pleasure of h...
15/05/2020

🎨 Sherwood Grange Care Home is just down the road from Dorich House Museum, and we have previously had the pleasure of hosting residents for Life Drawing classes in Dora Gordine’s former Plaster Studio. During the lockdown, we’ve been keeping in touch with Kimberley Atkin, Head Lifestyle Coordinator at Sherwood Grange, who encouraged residents to enter into the Artists for the NHS auction.

To celebrate Florence Nightingale's 200th birthday on 12 May 2020, artist Paul Stafford, Gallery Different and Robin Hutchinson MBE of local charity The Community Brain called for artists to produce an artwork from their home, to then be auctioned to raise wards raising money for Meals for the NHS.

Sherwood Grange residents created fantastic Nightingale themed artworks, pictured here, which were sold to collectively raised £500! The auction listings are accompanied by fascinating stories from the residents. We're looking forward to drawing together again when it is safe to do so. 🎨

Clockwise from top left, ‘Florence Nightingale Meets Andy Warhol’ by Mollie Wheeldon, ‘A Life’s Work’ by Marian Spencer, ‘Illuminating Florence Nightingale’ by Marion Nevill and ‘Portrait of Florence Nightingale’ by Peggy Farnish.

https://www.jumblebee.co.uk/artistsforthenhs
https://www.mealsforthenhs.com/

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Dorich House, 67-69 Kingston Vale
London
SW15 3RN

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Getting to Dorich House By Train and Bus Trains run regularly from London Waterloo to Kingston or Putney station. From Kingston take the 85 or K3 from Cromwell Rd bus station. From Putney take the 85 from outside the station. The stop for Dorich House is Woodview Close. For further information, visit the Transport for London website By Car From the A3 take the exit at Robin Hood Roundabout, sign posted 'A308 Kingston'. If you continue up the hill Dorich House is situated on the right hand side. Free parking for up to twenty cars is available at Dorich House.

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Dorich House Museum is currently open to the public on our open days from 11am to 5pm (last entry at 4.30pm). There is no need to book to attend an open day. In order to view the house and the collections you will need to allow at least one hour. Guided Tours at 11.30am Booking for tours is advised. Please contact the Museum for more information. Admission £5.00 Concessions £3.00 Children under 16 free Group Visits A private tour is available at a cost of £10 per person. (including tea and coffee). There must be a minimum of ten people in the group and it is essential that these are booked in advance. Please contact the Museum for more information Facilities and Access Dorich House is situated across three floors and does not have a lift. The flat and roof terrace are accessible only by a narrow staircase. There is no cafe at Dorich House Museum.

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I visited this amazing house this afternoon with good friends. Beautiful architecture, amazing artwork and home to an interesting creative family.