We are always working to improve the condition and storage of the collections. Recent projects have included the conservation of works on paper by artists including George Price Boyce, Henry Holiday and George Howard which was supported by the Friends. Extensive work was carried out on the paintings collection following a successful ‘Adopt a Picture’ campaign in 2009-10 and the Friends also funded the cleaning and lining of the copy of The Creation of Adam that hangs over the main staircase at the house. Future projects include a rolling programme to improve the condition of the textiles at 18 Stafford Terrace and work to conserve and restore the plaster maquette of Leighton’s memorial by Thomas Brock installed in the north aisle of St Paul’s Cathedral.
Previous fundraising campaigns
Finishing the finial
On top of the dome of the Arab Hall is an iron finial featuring a modified symbol of a crescent moon. During the restoration of the museum in 2009-10 it was discovered that this finial, currently painted white, was original gilded. The finial is now once more gleaming above the dome of the Arab Hall.
Current fundraising campaign
Leighton House Museum Phase 3 Restoration: From Hidden Gem to National Treasure
Leighton House Museum is a unique surviving example of the Victorian ‘house beautiful’ and was the home and life project of Frederic, Lord Leighton, eminent Victorian artist and President of the Royal Academy from 1878-1895. Since 1927, the house has been under the care of the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea.
In 2010 we completed phases 1 and 2 of an extensive refurbishment and restoration to reinstate the house interiors as Leighton knew them. We are now proposing to embark on a third phase of refurbishment of this Grade II* listed building, which will safeguard the long term future of the historic fabric, enhance the overall visitor experience and create much-needed new facilities. These include:
- more public space
- an improved exhibition area
- new learning spaces
- restoration some of the original features lost within later extensions
- making the museum wheelchair accessible
- This project is being made possible thanks to a community-focused partnership between The Friends of Leighton House (FLH), the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) and the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea
Further information on how to donate email the fund raising officer: