Doors open to refurbished Orleans House Gallery

Release Date: 01 March 2018

Orleans House Gallery, which has stood on the Riverside in Twickenham in one form or another for over three hundred years, has reopened its doors to the public following a seventeen month restoration project. 

The project, which has been part-funded by the National Lottery through a £1.8m grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF), included refurbishment and extension of the main gallery, originally built in 1710, and its immediate surrounds.

Following the opening an ongoing programme of volunteer training, family activities and educational visits will continue through to 2019.

Improvements to the gallery also included:

  • The full restoration of the Grade 1 listed Octagon Room
  • New and improved facilities in the west wing of the Gallery
  • New accessible entrance with lift to upper floors
  • New reception and gift shop
  • An upper floor extension which will provide additional spaces for a new study gallery, enlarged picture store, workshop and training room.

Cllr Paul Hodgins, Leader of Richmond Council and Chair of Orleans House Trust said:

“The story of Orleans House Gallery is deeply connected to the history of Twickenham. Built to curry favour with royalty, in its three hundred years, the House has served as a stately home to Secretaries of State and French Royals, an art gallery, and an education space.

“With so much living behind it, it was in need of a little bit of a spruce up. After seventeen months it’s now ready to once again be the epicentre of the borough’s cultural programme. 

“The team at the Gallery has worked tirelessly since its closure to ensure the space befits its history. There is so much to explore in the refurbished space, from stunningly recreated masterpieces to royal portraits to interactive histories of the House and the borough.

“Whether you’re a resident of the borough or are just visiting, and regardless of whether you have a spare afternoon or hour we look forward to welcoming you the next time you make your way to the peaceful house on the riverside.”

Stuart Hobley, Head of Heritage Lottery Fund London, said:

“Thanks to National Lottery players, the lost grandeur of Orleans House has been recaptured and its collections and stories can be enjoyed by many more people. Greater access to masterpieces, interactive histories of the borough and new visitor facilities mean Orleans House is true cultural and heritage hub on the Thames riverside. Congratulations to the project team, volunteers and supporters.”

Orleans House Gallery will be open each week from Tuesday to Sunday, 10am to 5pm.

Notes for editors

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Reference: P118/18

Updated: 29 March 2018