Monday 5 February 2018

Burgh House & Hampstead Museum - What's On at Burgh House in February

February is finally here!

Our latest exhibition The Making of an Englishman is now open, so please do come and see this fascinating retrospective. On Tuesday 15th we have a free talk by art historian Monica Bohm-Duchen on the part Fred & Diana Uhlman played in helping artists escape Nazi Germany. We also have a family workshop on Friday 16th

This month our programme is packed with new and exciting chances to get creative. From learning Japanese calligraphy, to watching Ikebana demonstrations, to celebrating the Chinese New Year with us on Sunday 11th or joining in a "smudgy" family workshop, there's something for everyone.
We have lots of lovely recitals but if you fancy a chance to be in the spotlight, we still have a few spaces for our UNPLUGGED event on Sunday 16th. Whether you're performing music, poetry or spoken word or just want to come and listen, please feel free to join us!

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Cover Image: Welsh Slate Mines in Snow (1959)- Fred Uhlman (detail) Oil on Canvas, © Estate of Fred Uhlman

Poetry and Hampstead
Wed 10 January - Sun 11 March                       

A capsule first-floor landing exhibition.
Hampstead has been, for upwards of 200 years, a crucible of creative development and discourse. A home to the avant-garde, liberal and intellectual, its original village status has morphed over the years to become a more urban space, yet still preserving within the lush open expanses of parkland and quiet streets a lingering memory of the past. This new exhibition, curated by work experience student
Molly Garnett, examines the ways these two phenomena - the outside landscape and the interior workings of the poet -  have combined over the years to yield much of what has been celebrated in the English language in recent centuries.
As one of Hampstead’s most famous
literary residents, John Keats, wrote,
“The poetry of the earth is never dead”.

French-Japanese Encounters: Japonisme 2018
Friday 2 February

Judith Charron and Benjamin Kahn, two emerging French artists, will present their Japanese album In Heaven's River and interpret a selection of much loved
Japanese and French songs. This elegant recital will mark the launch of the French-Japanese association, Les Amis no Kai, and celebrate the 160th anniversary of diplomatic relations between the two countries.
Tickets £16 in advance available here or £20 on the door.

Nazanin's Story

Wednesday 7 February


"Nazanin's Story" is the play based on the true and ongoing story of Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe after she and her baby daughter were taken by the Revolutionary Guards in Iran on the 3rd April 2016. Long listed for the Amnesty Freedom of Expression Award, given 4 stars by the Independent "Nazanin's Story is "political theatre at its best" and is constantly evolving as her story changes.
After its success at the Edinburgh Fringe, Howell productions have adapted the play to reflect the ongoing events and are touring for Spring 2018, bringing Nazanin's story to an even broader audience.
Tickets available here.
"This play entertains and inspires" The Independent

Chinese New Year

Sunday 11 February


Join Burgh House in celebrating the Chinese New Year of the dog.
Following the success of last year’s Celebrations, we bring you another great day of festivities. We begin at 11am with the breath-taking Lion Dance on the High Street, back then to Burgh House, where there will be craft activities for all ages, stalls, demonstrations and entertainment with a Chinese theme.
Check out our website for more details.

Unsung Heroes: Fred and Diana Uhlman and their House in Downshire Hill

Thursday 15 February


This illustrated talk by art historian Monica Bohm-Duchen, who met and interviewed the Uhlmans in the 1980s, will focus on the important role they – and their house – played in the late1930s and beyond in helping artists seeking refuge in this country from Nazi-dominated Europe.
Reserve your free ticket here.

The Art of Song

Sunday 18 February

Anousheh Bromfield (soprano) and
William Galton (piano) present a recital celebrating the diversity of song. From fireworks to folk, the programme features songs by Bernstein, Strauss, Britten, Rachmaninov and more. All ticket sales in aid of the Marie Curie Hospice in Hampstead.
Tickets £10 (£5 concessions) available on the door or by emailing.

Andreas König:
From London to Andalusia
Sunday 25 February

Andreas König is an unconventional and promising young concert pianist living in Spain. In this piano recital he will play works by Albéniz, Bach, Debussy, Mozart and Liszt. Tickets £17 (£12 concessions) available by emailing

London Bird Club:
Mike Alibone on Birding Israel

Monday 26 February


Birding Israel explores this small, Middle Eastern country’s dramatic habitat, diversity and its influence on the distribution of many birds, along with the importance of its geographical position as a key migration flyway for some of the world’s most vulnerable species. The talk includes an overview of the key birding sites and highlights recent regional conservation initiatives.
Entry £2 (free for under-18s and students)
More information available here.

Talia LeHavi: Japanese Calligraphy

Fridays 2, 9, 16, 23 March


The practice of Japanese ink painting echoes the way of the heart. In this short course students will learn to paint, using traditional Japanese brushes, ink and fine paper the ‘Four Princes of Ink’, known as bamboo, plum blossom, wild orchids and chrysanthemum.
More details and booking here.

Burgh House & Hampstead Museum open
Wed - Fri & Sun
12noon - 5pm

The Making of an Englishman:
Fred Uhlman, a Retrospective
Wed 24 January - Sun 27 May

The Making of an Englishman is the first UK retrospective of Uhlman’s work in 50 years and the first exhibition of the artist’s work in Hampstead, where he lived for many years and was so influential in establishing a refugee community. The exhibition brings together paintings and drawings dating from 1928 to 1971, most notably a selection of early Mediterranean scenes, a number of drawings executed whilst in internment on the Isle of Man during the Second World War, loaned from the Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge, and the Welsh landscapes for which he became well known. The exhibition will also include previously unseen archival material and objects of his personal collection including a number of items from Uhlman’s 72-piece collection of African sculpture, the majority of which is now on permanent display at the Hatton Gallery, Newcastle, as well as representations of the artist by celebrated Dadaist Kurt Schwitters, fellow Hampstead resident Milein Cosman, Polish-Jewish painter and printmaker Jankel Adler and sculptress of luminaries Karin Jonzen.

History of the Hampstead Heath Ponds

Sunday 4 February

A walk led by Marc Hutchinson, Chair of the Heath & Hampstead Society and of the Hampstead Heath Winter Swimming Club.
Meet at Burgh House.
£5 more information available here

UNPLUGGED at Burgh House
Sunday 4 February

Poetry - Music - Spoken Word.
Join us at Burgh House for the
return of our acoustic open-mic event. Whether your passion is
spoken word or wordless music, come along and perform on Sunday
afternoon, or sit back and listen at this free event. All are welcome.
Refreshments will be available from the cafe and are welcome in the Music Room.
If you would like to sign up to perform, email  or turn up on the door.
The piano will be available for use, otherwise  please feel free to bring along instruments, though the session will not be amplified.

Camden History Society: Belsize Remembered

Tuesday 8 February


Just over five years ago, Ranee Barr
embarked on a community project,
culminating in the publication of a book, Belsize Remembered, richly illustrated with contemporary photographs by David Percy and archive images such as Chocolatier, Belsize Park, 1945 from his collection. In this illustrated talk, Ranee will take the audience through her journey compiling memoirs of Belsize from the 1930s to the present day.
Non-members welcome: £1 on the door.
More information available here.

Angel of History

Wed 14 - Sun 18 February

Suddenly and unexpectedly, past
moments become resonant in the
present, allowing us insights into their deeper character.  Four artists - Alistair Ewen, Jen Cable, Madeleine Page and Neil Lamont - exhibit in two and three dimensions.

Smudging Landscapes

Friday 16 February


Create your own composition inspired by Fred Uhlman’s landscapes, using pastels and other dry drawing materials. Suitable for ages 5 and over.
Tickets £5 per child, available here.

Seascapes and Waterways: Moving Emotions

Wed 21 February - Sun 4 March

Waterways and seas are a fascination for most of us, whether one views them as places of beauty or menace, sites of pleasures or work, places to live or visit - they evoke emotion in us all.  In this
exhibition six artists with very individual styles illustrate what they see when they look at the coastlines and waterways they visit. Whatever emotion moving water stirs in you, it is likely to be represented in these stunning paintings. A collective
exhibition including the work of Tony Foster, Tony Hatt, Tom Marsh, Archie Prentice, Jill Tattersall and Loraine Wilson.

Ikebana for Springtime

Sunday 25 February


An afternoon of demonstrations of
Ikebana - the art of Japanese flower
arrangement – in the Ohara-school style with a beautiful piano recital for the interval.
Tickets £5 available by emailing
More information available here.

Lifelines with Piers Plowright

Thursday 1 March

7pm for 7.30pm

With the Lifelines series at Burgh House spanning beyond 20 years, it has gained a great reputation for its personal and insightful style, thanks to the sheer excellence of the interviewers as well as interviewees. Legendary BBC broadcaster and producer Piers Plowright has been questioning and obtaining delightful stories from all his guests over the years. It is, therefore, only fitting for Piers to be in the spotlight himself, by popular demand, and with a great new interviewer, Clare Lynch, to shine light on his truly wonderful career.
Tickets £12 (£10 FoBH & u25s) plus an additional buffet of cheese, charcuterie and nibbles with wine after the talk for £12.
Tickets available here or by calling 020 7431 0144

Buttery Cafe open
Wed - Fri
10am - 5pm
Sat - Sun
9.30am - 5.30pm

For Reservations call 020 7794 3943