Saturday, September 05, 2015

J.M.W. Turner's House in Twickenham - open today!

It's the first Saturday of the month and JMW Turner's House at Twickenham is open today 2.00 to 4.30pm. Sandycombe Lodge is the country retreat which J.M.W. Turner designed for himself in 1813.

The House is open the first Saturday of the month between April and October.  Vistors are advised to use the train as there is no parking for cars.
Turner’s House will open for ‘walk-in’ visitors on two more occasions in 2015, on Saturdays September 5th and October 3rd, from 2.00 to 4.30 p.m., entrance £4.00 for guided tours.
The building was added to English Heritage's Heritage at Risk Register in 2013. Below you can watch a video by made by Turner’s House Trust which is leading a project to restore Sandycombe Lodge in Twickenham to its original appearance.  The video shows you what the villa looks like inside.

Sandycombe Lodge, Twickenham
Villa of JMW Turner Esq. RA
Engraved by WB Cooke and published March 1814.
Once the building is restored the Trust then plans to:
  • open it to visitors on a regular basis 
  • display the Livermore Collection of Turner material; and 
  • set up a programme of activities and learning opportunities to involve people of all ages
So far the Trust has been awarded Lottery funding to get the project underway and plan what needs to be done. In January this tear they received Stage 2 HLF funding of £1.4m in January 2015. However the project still needs to raise £290,000 to complete funding.

Have a look inside and hear about plans to conserve this beautiful building.

Sandycombe Lodge is located at 40 Sandycoombe Road, Twickenham TW1 2LR

For more information: - which also tells you how you can personally get involved with supporting the restoration.

More about JMW Turner 

More blog posts about JMW Turner on this blog

Turner Exhibitions

The 'Mr Turner' Film

My Turner sketches

  • Turner finished my sketchbook19 May 2011 - This self-portrait appears to date from around 1799 when Turner was about twenty-four years old. It was possibly intended to mark an important moment in his career, his election as an Associate of the Royal Academy.
  •  Tonight Matthew I'm going to be JMW Turner 30 Jan 2008 - Last night I needed a break from writing - so did a drawing based on one of Turner's works - limbering up for my project on Turner later this year!
  • Tate Britain: Drawing from Turner - One of the current exhibitions at the Tate Britain challenges the notion that copying is no way to learn.

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