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Family take-over at Leighton House Museum: Letters, words, sounds and stori...

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Leighton House Museum

12 Holland Park Road

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W14 8LZ

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Bring your family to Leighton House Museum for a fun-filled afternoon where you will be able to listen to magical and enchanting tales with professional storyteller Vanessa Woolf:

The Snow Queen

The Sultan’s Seed

Learn the art of lettering and penmanship with calligrapher Azza Alameddine: experiment with typography and graphic design and be inspired to write your own story – with a flourish!

Activity starts at 3pm, please arrive from 2.45 for a prompt start

Suitable for children aged 6-11 years old, with a parent or guardian

In association with Nour Festival of Arts

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Leighton House Museum is the former home and studio of the leading Victorian artist, Frederic, Lord Leighton (1830-1896). It is unique among the capital’s museums in combining an exceptional collection of Victorian art with the intimacy of a private home. The house was designed by his great friend, the architect George Aitchison RA as a showcase for artistic taste and to entertain and impress the foremost artists, collectors and celebrities of the day.

The exterior of Leighton House gives little clue as to the treasures that lie within. The highlight of any visit is the extraordinary Arab Hall which reflects Leighton’s fascination with the Middle East where he travelled widely. This room was built between 1877 and 1881 to display his outstanding collection of 16th and 17th-century Islamic tiles and also contains mosaic floors, a gold mosaic frieze, set beneath a gilded dome, and a calming fountain.

Also not to be missed is Leighton’s painting studio on the first floor, with its large north-facing window, picture slot and screen. Leighton produced all the works of his mature career in this room, including the iconic Flaming June.

>> Please note that the event is free to attend and pre-booking is essential. People who have not registered may not be admitted on the day if the event is fully-booked.

>> For any enquiries about the event, please email museums@rbkc.gov.uk using 'Family Take-Over' in the Subject line.

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