We work with primary and secondary schools, offering workshops, volunteering opportunities, study days and skills development programmes.
Since May 2018 we have been developing a collaboration with IntoUniversity, a national charity based across the UK which provides support to children and young people from disadvantaged backgrounds to either gain a university place or pursue another chosen aspiration.
We are approaching 400 students from IntoUniversity joining us at Leighton House Museum, each of whom have had an enriching experience contributing to their learning, exploring topics including Journalism, Diversity & Inclusion and Victorian Entertainments.
Recent students commented:
“The best thing about this programme was the Leighton House Museum because it was fun to explore”
“The trip was the best thing because we saw beautiful art work”
“The museum was exciting, especially the scavenger hunt because you can discover”
What the IntoUniversity staff say:
“The Leighton House Museum is a great place to take students to. Besides it being a beautifully inspiring house, what makes it so special is that students are able to explore the museum independently, something which is not possible in most other museums. Also, it has been invaluable that the museum team has done such a fantastic job creating bespoke experiences to match our programmes’ themes”
The Friends have directly supported this work in many ways, from funding the learning team to providing transport to bring children from North Kensington to the museum and back home again.
Leighton House has been developing a lively and engaging programme for families, both self-guided trails and conversation starters, and workshops led by the learning team and by specialist tutors.
The monthly family fun weekend workshops have explored a gamut of themes, from calligraphy and storytelling to kite making and dance. All of the workshops are designed to throw a light on Leighton, his work, life and experiences and all seek to encourage shared learning, creativity and conversation.
The Friends have been consistently encouraging and supportive of this work to bring the adult audiences of the future into the house and garden at a young age, particularly by funding the creation of a bank of materials and resources, including a stunning wardrobe of authentic Victorian costumes.
Quoting Leighton’s reliably hyperbolic biographer Mrs Barrington, recalling at what would be Leighton’s last ‘music’ in 1895 that ‘dainty figures of girls were dancing around the fountain in the empty Arab Hall; and as he went to the outer door they flew to him, throwing their arms around his neck.’ Leighton’s indulgent eye would we think be pleased by the Friends work in support of extending a welcome to younger visitors and their families.