Friday 16 March 2018

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

Spring is here!

....well very nearly, could someone tell the weather please.

Welcome to the Burgh House & Hampstead museum e-news, with a snap-shot of some of the exciting events coming up in April.

Burgh House is an entirely independant and self-funded charity, we recieve no funding, so your support, whether coming to our events, giving a donation, booking a private event or joining as a Friend of Burgh House, really does keep us open to the public for free. Speaking of which, if you haven'r renewed you Friends membership for 2018 yet, it's never too late, give us a call on 020 7431 0144 or pop into the office when you are next in the House.

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A Totally Preposterous Parson: Evelyn Waugh and Basil Bourchier
Wed 14 March - Sun 24 June

Evelyn Waugh, the distinguished 20th century writer, grew up in North End Road, on the boundary between Golders Green and Hampstead.  With his father, the publisher Arthur Waugh, he attended the newly opened church of St Jude-on-the-Hill, Hampstead Garden Suburb, and came under the influence of its flamboyant and outspoken young vicar, Basil Bourchier. In later life, and after he had become a Roman Catholic, Waugh ridiculed Bourchier, calling him a "totally preposterous parson". This small landing exhibition curated by Reverend Alan Walker, seeks to reconsider their relationship and rediscover a local clergyman who performed on the national stage.

Camden History Society: Tunnels under Holborn

Thursday 5 April

Antony Clayton’s talk will explore the myriad tunnels carved under the former Borough of Holborn, from some of the earliest tube tunnels and the ‘ghost’ station of British Museum, to Second World War tunnels and modern bunkers.
Free to CHS members. Non-memberswelcome, £1 on the door.

Lifelines with Martin Bell

Thursday 12 April

We are delighted to announce reporter, author, politician and UNICEF ambassador, Martin Bell OBE in conversation at Burgh House. Renowned  for his statement white suit, Martin has had distinguished career as a foreign affairs correspondent for the BBC, reporting from Vietnam, the Middle East, Nigeria, Ghana and Northern Ireland. Martin famously stood and won as an independent candidate for MP against Neil Hamilton in 1997.
Tickets are £12 (£10 FoBH & u25s) plus an additional buffet of cheese, charcuterie and nibbles with wine after the talk for £12.
Tickets available here

The Nursery

Sunday 22 April
A song recital featuring works by Mussorgsky, Schumann and Britten for voice and piano with Georgia Knower and Boris Chnaider.
Tickets £20 / £15 on the door.
For reservations please email

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.

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Alexander Debenham

Wed 28 March - Sun 8 April
Alexander was trained in Florence under Charles H. Cecil. This exhibition brings together a collection of portraiture, still life and landscape paintings, inspired by 18th century British and 17th century Dutch artists.

Birds of the Heath in Spring Walk

Sunday 1 April

A Heath and Hampstead Society walk, led by John Hunt, former chair of the Marylebone Birdwatching Society. Meet outside the Buttery Café at Burgh House.
You will be invited to make a minimum donation of £5 per adult.
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Diverse Figures

Wed 11 April - Sun 15 April
In this exhibition five artists present us with paintings that cover many aspects of depicting the human form. They capture emotion, narrative, beauty, sexuality and ultimately make us reflect on something to which we can all relate: the process of aging. Heide Block, Sarah Barker Brown, Nevine Fathy, Odette Farrell and Jess de Zilva

Quantum Selves, Souls in Sleeve,
Ponder This

Wed 18 - Sun 29 April
Ben Allanach, Bella Schelpe, and Golnar Malek explore time and spaces within the human body in the bizarre quantum realm, the realm of Qigong, and what appear to be a reality of its own. These drawings invite the viewer to ponder between these three realms in a never-ending search for truth.

Screening of Reunion: Introduced by Rachel Seiffert

Thursday 19 April

A screening of the 1989 adaptation of Fred Uhman’s novella Reunion directed by Jerry Schatzberg. Rachel Seiffert is one of Virago's most critically acclaimed contemporary novelists.  Her first novel, The Dark Room (2001) was shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize, and made into the feature film Lore.  In 2003, she was named one of Granta's Best of Young British Novelists, and in 2011, she received the EM Forster Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters.  Her second novel, Afterwards (2007) and third novel The Walk Home (2014) were both longlisted for the Orange/Baileys Prize, and her latest novel A Boy in Winter was a New York Times Notable Book and Times Book of the Year for 2017.  A long-time admirer of Fred Uhlman's work, Seiffert wrote the introduction to the Vintage edition of Reunion.

amaZOnia music theatre:
Chanson from the Edge

Sunday 29 April

Singers Maria Angel, Molly Moody and Stefanie May Hammoudeh with Lenka Cizkova (guitar) and Richard Link (piano) present a collection of songs that tell stories of domestic injustices and faraway places: Cleopatra’s palaces, Soho’s moody nightlife, snatched love affairs and friendships unresolved.
Tickets £20, available by calling 0770 983298 or

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