MAA – Matthew Allchurch Architects becomes Turner’s House’s first Corporate Member

Lockdown may be challenging many local charities and businesses but they are also finding new ways to work together.

Turner’s House Trust are pleased to announce that MAA have become Turner’s House’s first Annual Corporate Member in its history and would like to thank MAA for their support. Corporate Members join a committed community of organisations enjoying priority access to the museum as they support the role of Turner’s House Trust as custodians of the ‘Sandycombe Years’.

Whilst Twickenham and Teddington residents may be self-isolating in lockdown, video screens were hot with the number of ideas being exchanged about how MAA could help Turner’s House make a difference.


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‘I’ve been a great admirer of JMW Turner for many years and to have the house he designed on our doorstep is fantastic. The work that the trust has completed to open Sandycoombe to the public, and on such a tight budget, is commendable. 

It is a project that we wanted to support both as corporate sponsors but also giving our professional time to assist with future projects.’ said Matt Allchurch MD MAA.




House Director Ricky Pound explained As an independent registered charity, Turners House receives no government funding and relies exclusively on visitors admission, grants, corporate sponsorship and donations to fund all House costs, education and outreach programmes as well as the programme of Turner Original Exhibitions and Artists in Residence”.   

Trustee and local resident Romy Murray explained Turner’s House enables visitors to experience the house Turner designed and lived in with his father when away from the hectic environment of London.  We provide an important resource for local primary and secondary schools and are keen to ensure that we can still welcome the 300+ children who look forward to visiting the house as well as participating in projects themed around Turner and art.  We are partnering with local mental health and elderly organisations offering this peaceful house for tailored supportive programmes.  Whilst we will have to work out how we manage this with acceptable “social distancing” we expect the need for such support to increase even more when we are able to reopen.”    

Vice chair and trustee Michael Deriaz said   Earlier this year, we welcomed the Bank of Englands Chief Cashier, Sarah John and Bank Note Designer Debbie Marriott, who came to talk about the launch of the new £20 note featuring J.M.W. Turner.  At that event, we discussed Turner as a shrewd businessman and we started to talk to businesses about the benefits in developing a partnership with Turners House Trust. We were delighted to have two corporate sponsors for Turner and the Thames, Five Paintings and I am thrilled to welcome MAA as our first Corporate Members.”  

Turner’s House, Sandycombe Lodge, 40 Sandycoombe Road, St Margarets, Twickenham TW1 2LR is currently closed due to COVID19 restrictions watch our and Social Media Twitter  Facebook  Instagram for latest news and reopening announcement.


Contact for more information: Ricky Pound   


Notes for Editors

Turners House Trust

Turner’s House was designed by the great landscape painter, JMW Turner as a rural retreat. It has won a string of awards since its restoration and opened to the public in the summer of 2017. It came first in The People’s Award and Highly Commended in the Historic Buildings category of 2018 The Civic Voice Design Awards. These awards followed other accolades awarded to Butler Hegarty, the house’s conservation architects, scooping two honours in the  prestigious 2018Royal Institute of British Architects awards where the house was named the overall winner for London as well as receiving an award for South-West London. The house also won two Time Out Love London Awards for Favourite Cultural Spot and Favourite Landmark in Richmond. Its garden recently won Silver in 2019 Richmond in Bloom.

MAA Matthew Allchurch Architects Ltd

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To join Turner’s House Trust Corporate Membership programme, contact House Director Ricky Pound by email on

July 6, 2020