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  • Ribbon Bauble Card

    How to make a Christmas card using old ribbons!

    11 December 2020

    Christmas is going to be a strange one this year, with more separation than we’re used to. So, to show your loved ones that you are thinking about them, perhaps this is the year to take up card-making with this step-by-step guide!

  • Greetings card, John Callcott Horsley (1843). Museum no. MSL.3293-1987.

    The History of Christmas Cards

    11 December 2020

    Have you ever wondered how Christmas cards became one of the most steadfast aspects of Christmas festivity? Our Curatorial Intern, Ffion Boyd, explains!

  • Princess Mary's Christmas Gift

    Object of the Month: December 2020

    1 December 2020

    Princess Mary’s Christmas Gift to Soldiers (1914)
    2014.17

  • The Four Seasons tiles (verso)

    Object of the Month: November 2020

    1 November 2020

    Four framed tiles, The Seasons, by Kate Greenaway, made by T. & R. Boote (1881)

    2019.95

  • The Opening of Burgh House, 1979 (1998.47.1)

    Object of the Month: October 2020

    1 October 2020

    The Opening of Burgh House, 1979 (1998.47.1)

  • Burgh House

    Burgh House eNewsletter

    31 July 2020

    Keep up to date with what's happening at Burgh House. You can see our recent eNewsletters here

  • Grille from Belsize Park Underground Station

    Object of the Month: July 2020

    1 July 2020

    Grille from Belsize Park Underground Station (1906-7) designed by Leslie William Green (1875-1908)

  • Fred Uhlman, c.1950s-1960s

    Refugee Week

    15 June 2020

    This week is Refugee Week, a UK-wide festival celebrating the contributions, creativity and resilience of refugees. We have been reflecting on Hampstead's history as a place of refuge for those who have found themselves displaced through religious, political or racial persecution.

  • Dr. Herbert Norman Evans by John Constable, oil on canvas,1829  On loan to Burgh House by the Revd. Norman Evans

    Happy Birthday John Constable! (1776-1837)

    11 June 2020

    This week marked the 244th anniversary of the birth of John Constable, who was born on 11th June 1776.

  • Kenneth Shirley Smith (1900-1987), 'Vale of Health Fair', oil on canvas, 1938

    Object of the Month: June 2020

    1 June 2020

    In celebration of World Wellbeing Week, we explore wellbeing and how Hampstead Heath has provided a sanctuary for people and a place for improving our wellbeing, now and throughout history.

  • Stanley Spencer at Work in the Vale of Health

    Collection in Focus: Stanley Spencer in Hampstead

    29 May 2020

    If you follow us on social media you may have seen our post this week celebrating the anniversary of the birth of British artist Sir Stanley Spencer, who was born on 30th June 1891. We shared this wonderful photograph from our collection which shows Spencer at work in the Vale of Health, Hampstead, watched by a curious young art admirer. You can just about see part of the famous painting he is working on; can you tell what it is?

  • Walter Grimmond, A Hampstead Garden (1929), watercolour on board, ©  The Artist's Estate. Courtesy Janet and Di Barnes.

    The Diaries of Randolph Schwabe

    15 May 2020

    Gill Clarke is the Guest Curator of our postponed exhibition, A Nest of Gentle Artists: Randolph Schwabe and his Hampstead Contemporaries. Over the past few weeks, Gill has been selecting snippets from Randolph Schwabe's diaries for you to enjoy. This week's entries mention Burgh House!

  • Gill Clarke (Ed) (2016) The Diaries of Randolph Schwabe: British Art 1930-48: Artist Circles 1930-48, Bristol: Sansom & Co.

    Extracts from Randolph Schwabe's Diaries

    8 May 2020

    Last week Gill Clarke, our Guest Curator, gave an introduction to our next exhibition A Nest of Gentle Artists: Randolph Schwabe and his Hampstead Contemporaries, which we hope to be able to open in the near future. This week we’re sharing extracts from Schwabe’s diary to commemorate VE day.

  • The Story of Blossom the Brave Balloon, E. F. Herbert and Philip Zee, 1941

    Object of the Month: May 2020

    1 May 2020

    Blossom the Brave Balloon, 75th anniversary of VE Day (8th May 2020)


  • Randolph Schwabe, Burford Close, Hampstead, watercolour on paper, 1931

    A Message from our Guest Curator - Gill Clarke

    1 May 2020

    A Nest of Gentle Artists: Randolph Schwabe & his Hampstead Contemporaries

  • Family Easter Fun

    Museum from Home: Family Challenges

    29 April 2020

    Find all of our Family Challenge videos here! Our Learning & Outreach Manager has been hard at work creating videos to keep families entertained at home.

  • Ffion

    Hello from Ffion

    24 April 2020

    Our intern from UCL, Ffion Boyd, started her placement just before the lockdown began. Despite not having access to the house and collection, she has been working hard on various projects from home. Here’s a little snippet from Ffion about what she has been up to and how she’s coping as a university student.

  • After Life at Burgh House

    After Life at Burgh House

    17 April 2020

    Ricky Gervais brings his award-winning Netflix series to Burgh House!

  • Hampstead Heath on Easter Monday by Herbert John Finn (1860-1942)

    Object of the Month: April 2020

    1 April 2020

    In celebration of Easter, this month we’ve chosen a watercolour painting by Herbert John Finn (1860-1942) depicting Hampstead Heath on Easter Monday.

  • Purse from the Hampstead branch of the National Council of Women of Great Britain, presented to Prin

    Object of the Month: March 2020

    1 March 2020

    We’re celebrating International Women’s Day on Sunday 8th March. This year’s campaign theme is Each for Equal, which aims to promote gender equality by challenging stereotypes, fighting bias, broadening perceptions, and celebrating women's achievements.