The Friends of Kenwood

The Friends of Kenwood

At a glance


  • Arts
  • Museums / heritage

Other details

Geographical remit: 
National - England


The Friends of the Iveagh Bequest, more well-known as the Friends of Kenwood, was formed in 1979 to promote and preserve the special qualities of Kenwood House, its collection and estate. Kenwood, an outstanding neoclassical house and its estate adjoining Hampstead Heath, was bequeathed to the nation in 1927 and holds one of the most important collection of paintings ever given to the nation.

The Friends seek to support the English Heritage Trust in their management of Kenwood, stimulate public interest, raise funds for acquisitions, conservation work and projects, and encourage high standards in all areas of activity at Kenwood.


The Friends provide a forum and voice for supporters and act as advocate for Kenwood.

Members are provided with a range of social, educational and fund raising activities, publications and events, including a monthly series of lectures, a twice-yearly Newsletter, visits to other historic properties and exhibitions, and an annual special event held in the House.

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