News from Turner’s House October 2020

Turner and the Thames: Five Paintings exhibition ends!


Dear readers,

We’ve had a really busy month and can’t help but be sad to see the end of the wonderful Turner and the Thames: Five Paintings exhibition. It has been an incredibly successful show for Turner’s House Trust.
Obviously since re-opening in August, we’ve had to restrict the number of visitors, so we were delighted that the permission was given by the Tate to extend until the end of this month.
Thank you to all of you who came to see the Exhibition.


Earlier this month we received the wonderful news that Turner‘s House was one of the 445 heritage organisations awarded a lifeline grant from the Culture Recovery Fund for Heritage and the Heritage Stimulus Fund – funded by Government and administered at arm’s length by Historic England and the National Lottery Heritage Fund. We are very appreciative that we have been given the chance to still be #HereForCulture and share the wonderful history behind JMW. Turner‘s House in Twickenham.

New Winter Opening Hours

As we move into a new month, from 7th November – 6th December 2020 we have new opening hours and the House will be open on Saturday and Sunday only.
Advance booking for all visits to Turner’s House is now compulsory and visits need to be pre-booked via the Turner’s House website. For general information, health and safety procedures, and to book your visit please go to
General visits are between 12pm-1pm-2pm-3pm (last entrance)
Exclusive guided tours for groups up to five people can also be arranged. Please contact for further details.

Time to buy Christmas Cards!

Sandycombe Lodge in the Snow, Joy Cuff, 2020Sandycombe in the Snow, Joy Cuff, 2020

The Turner‘s House 2020 Christmas cards are here and available to buy from the House. Painted by local artists Joy Cuff and Ian Sidaway, these are a joy to behold!  Sold in packs of eight for just £8 they are sure to go fast, so don’t leave it too late to get yours.
Turner's Windows, Ian Sidaway RI, 2020
Turner’s Windows, Ian Sidaway RI, 2020
The Perfect Christmas Gift!
A gift of membership to support Turner’s House might just be the perfect Christmas Gift you are looking for and an active way of helping us now.  The Supporters Circle is open for those who make a donation of £95; a donation of £250 is for those in our Sandycombe Circle and the Patrons Circle for a donation of £500 per year.  We are particularly grateful for the support of our Patrons, whose support means that we are able to be adventurous in our purpose to promote a wider knowledge of J.M.W. Turner’s work, including through our special exhibitions.

Despite lockdown and restricted entry, Circle members have been very involved with our work this year.  All donations enable the Trust to continue working with schools and community groups but such support is also critical to the success of applications for other funding, such as from the Culture Recovery Fund. Members receive all the news first, and then enjoy free entry every day we are open.

Circles members have been invited to many events in 2020, including Private Views and exclusive virtual Zoom Conversations by Turner experts. The latest event was introduced by the Director of the Turner Contemporary in Margate and was an exploration by the Head of Exhibitions, Sarah Martin, into how Turner’s spirit of radical enquiry continues to activate art and people.
We have a wonderful year of events, both in person and virtual, planned to inspire and engage next year, including a first look at the new exhibition.
Further information and joining information can be found here

2021 Exhibition!

And finally, as we start to prepare Sandycombe Lodge for the quiet November and December months, so work behind the scenes is starting up in anticipation of our second Turner Originals exhibition. We didn’t think we could top the wonderful Turner and The Thames, until we saw the selection for 2021.
More announcements are coming very soon!

News from local Attractions


Hogarth: London Voices, London Lives

Pitzhanger Manor & Gallery

Now until 31 December 2020

William Hogarth’s remarkable series of paintings, A Rake’s Progress, famously depicted a morality tale of the city and was bought by Sir John Soane to hang at Pitzhanger in 1802, to inspire and entertain his guests. For the first time in 200 years, it has returned as the centrepiece of this exhibition, reflecting voices and issues in London today. 286 years later, seven contemporary artists take inspiration from the crowd, ever present in Hogarth’s paintings, to offer a modern reading of London and its social challenges and provide a snapshot of the people and places that give life to the capital today.


Wishing you the very best of health for you and your family,

Turner’s House Trust

November 9, 2020