Our Appeals

Help Kenwood Thrive

When Lord Iveagh bequeathed Kenwood House and an incredible art collection to the nation in 1927, he did so with the intention that it should be free for the public to enjoy. Now it's up to us to ensure that this magnificent house and its collection can inspire future generations.

Your Support Makes a Difference

"…amazingly gay, magnificent, beautiful and picturesque …" is how Robert Adam, Kenwood's architect, described the house.

Keeping Kenwood open for all involves everything from looking after the incredible art collection to lighting the rooms to maintaining the grounds. Welcoming visitors all year round, free of charge, relies on the generosity of those who care.

An Historic Gem

Since the first Earl of Mansfield, a Lord Chief Justice, invited architect Robert Adam to remodel his home in the heart of Hampstead Heath in 1764, Kenwood House has occupied a special place in London's heritage.

The house and its estate are at the heart of the community; a much valued local resource offering an award-winning education programme and a range of ways to get involved.

A Stunning Collection

Kenwood is home to masterpieces by Vermeer, Rembrandt and Turner, with one of the leading art collections in England. Visitors can discover these exquisite artworks in a welcoming country house setting with internationally significant Robert Adam interiors.


The Guardians scheme recognises donors who support English Heritage with gifts of £2,500 or more.

As a Guardian, you’ll have the chance to engage more deeply with our work, our places and our people, including opportunities to meet the conservators, historians, scientists, and educators who are at the front line of caring for our heritage.


Friends of Kenwood

By becoming a Friend of Kenwood you can access an exclusive events programme and be kept up to date on the latest developments and projects at the house.

Since 1977, the Friends of Kenwood have helped fund a number of important projects, including the acquisition of artefacts, room restorations and the replanting of gardens.

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