Our work

Ham House and its collection

Discover more of the secrets of Ham House in our newly published book

Discover more of the secrets of Ham House in our newly published book

400 years of collecting and patronage

To mark the 400th anniversary of Ham House, scholars and curators have come together to document its history and the stories of our very special collection. Come and find this newly published book in our shop.

Conservation in action

Our original wallhangings from the Queen's apartments were in a sorry state. Read our article so you can find out about the conservation work needed to bring them back to their former glory.

Great staircase is looking different

Venus and Adonis by Miguel de la Cruz

In March 2013 funding was awarded to conserve the ten paintings that hang in this magnificent space. Three paintings are already at the conservators and the others will follow over the next few years.

Titian's ghosts by Stephen Farthing

Titian’s Ghosts by Royal Academician artist Stephen Farthing

Titian’s Ghosts by Royal Academician artist Stephen Farthing

Whilst our original paintings undergo conservation work, artist and Royal Academician Stephen Farthing has created some artwork specially for the Great Staircase at Ham. The paintings will be on display in the house.

Find out more about this project...

heritage2health

A sing-along as part of the heritage2health event © National Trust , Clare Egan

A sing-along as part of the heritage2health event

Much of our work here at Ham involves local community groups.

heritage2health works with students and staff in health and social care. They link people of different ages and with diverse needs to plan and host events in heritage spaces. We had a great day here, with activities out in the garden, as well as a sing-along on a milk float.

Visit the heritage2health website

 

The Russell School

Working with the garden team to develop a garden for the school to maintain © National Trust , Rosie Fyles

Working with the garden team to develop a garden for the school to maintain

We also work with this local school in a partnership to promote healthy living, an understanding of the local environment and a love of the outdoors with children aged 7 to 8 and their parents.

Supported by our staff and volunteers, the children have had the opportunity to visit and look after the garden every month.

Parkour meets the 17th century...

We've also worked with the local community to create an award winning parkour film. Ham Youth Group performed, filmed and edited the film and GCSE pupils from Grey Court School wrote the music. The film won first prize at the 2012 London Youth Flipside Film Festival in the age 10-14 category.

Watch the film to see how our 17th century gardens were used for this project.

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