It has been a very busy start to 2016 for us. We started off by having the first floor of the house, including our museum and office, rewired just after new year, meaning all of our emails went unanswered until about 8 January!
This also involved taking up all of the carpets, so we spent the next few days restoring and painting the floorboards in our Christopher Wade exhibition room. This week we had new carpet laid in the museum and on the lading which looks fabulous and we are hoping to do the ground floor in the next few week. All of this is part of our Renaissance Appeal fundraising project.
This has also been a surprisingly busy few weeks for events at the house. We opened with Satiable Curiosity – An Evening with Rudyard Kipling on 14 Jan, which saw renowned biographer Andrew Lycett chat to Piers Plowright about Kipling’s life and work, with some beautiful readings from the actor Sam West. A fabulous sold-out evening of entertainment celebrating on our Britain’s best-loved writers, whose daughter Elsie was the last resident at Burgh House.
On 21 Jan we welcomed BAFTA-winning playwright, screenwriter, director and Hampstead local Sir David Hare for a sold-out Lifelines talk with our chairman Matthew Lewin. David talked very candidly and wittily about his life and work; said by one of our Friends to be the best Lifelines they have attended!
We are now busily preparing for a packed spring season full of concerts, weddings and other events, including our first ever festival celebrating Chinese New Year! Burgh House is welcoming the Year of the Monkey with a traditional lion dance, an exhibition featuring Chinese artists, a concert and fantastic kids’ workshops in partnership with the Hua Hsia Chinese School.
Don’t forget to check our What's On page for what’s coming up next!
Mark, Ann, Becky & Holly