Over the last 300 years, Burgh House has passed through many different hands, but has always had art and music at its heart, which shows in the Library, Music Room and the beautiful garden surrounding the property.
In the Heath Room and the Wells Room you can find the permanent collection of the Hampstead Museum, founded in 1979 by Christopher and Diana Wade in collaboration with Camden Libraries, the Hampstead Arts Council and the Heath & Hampstead Society. The collection consists of approximately 3.000 objects and follows the development of the Hampstead area from prehistoric times to the present day through different art objects. It includes work by Fred Uhlman, Donald Towner and Duncan Grant, as well as local renowned artists such as Dorothy Bohm and Sydney Arrobus. The House also is home to the largest publicly accessible collection of work by Helen Allingham in the UK. The Art Gallery and Christopher Wade Room display a variation of temporary exhibitions. On the ground floor you can find the Peggy Jay Gallery, a space designated for the display of contemporary art.
The Music Room, heavily refurbished in the 1920’s, is still used for concerts, plays, and talks, as well as weddings and receptions. The Library is now used for clubs, meetings and other small events. For those who are interested in doing research at the House: they are open to research visits, during which you are welcome to study their books and artifacts. The House offers a variety of activities for children and families, and is set-up for school visits. Still haven’t had enough of Burgh House, or want to prepare for your visit? On their website you can listen to a great collection of oral stories, as told by local residents.
Burgh House is part of the London Shh trail.