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Leighton House Museum 'Closer to Home'Print Case Study



Value: £889,000
Duration: 38 weeks
Architect: Purcell
Quantity Surveyor: Sawyer & Fisher

Leighton House Museum is the former 19th Century home of Frederick Lord Leighton.

The objective on this project was to conserve each room, reinstating design features and details lost over the years. The personal attention lavished on the property by Lord Leighton was carefully preserved staying true to the original concepts and all the while ensuring the Museum could be a place that the public could safely enjoy.

In order to preserve the Victorian features of the property photographs, descriptions and illustrations of the original interior were researched. This research revealed the extent to which the interior had been altered over the years from its original designs. To ensure the accurate reinstatement of the original building design samples of paint and fabric were collected, often by unearthing them after being covered by periodic decorations to the house.

Original design features, identified from photographs and records, were replaced in an exact facsimile of the original. Lime plaster repairs were carried out using specifications to match the original plasterwork. Silk walls and flock wallpaper were made using 19th century methods and designs to ensure an exact replica of how the house would originally have looked.


Leighton House was awarded the Europa Nostra and RIBA Awards for Arts and Culture
It was also selected as runner-up in the RICS and Museums & Heritage Awards

Museum Heritage Awards RIBA Arts and Culture Award Europa Nostra Award

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