Carlyle's House

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We're working hard to reopen many of our places where it is safe to do so. However Carlyle's House is currently closed.

The Chelsea home of a Victorian literary couple

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Carlyle's House

Our work

Jane Carlyle's conserved bedroom curtains at Carlyle's House

Conserving Jane Carlyle's chintz curtains

Few textiles remain at Carlyle’s House from Thomas and Jane Carlyle’s time. A pair of original chintz curtains dating from around the late 1840’s, and made by Jane Carlyle herself, went for conservation repair in 2016. Thanks to that painstaking work they are now finally hanging back in Jane’s bedroom.

Carlyle's House


Addressing the National Trust's colonial links 

Carlyle's House, along with a number of other places and collections in our care, deals with contentious political histories. Learn more about what we are doing to be inclusive in our work and acknowledge the impact and legacies of colonialism.

Carlyle's House

Art and collections

A drawing of Jane Carlyle by Samuel Lawrence

Explore the collections at Carlyle's House 

The collection is mainly of Carlyle memorabilia, including photographs, paintings and furniture belonging to Thomas and Jane Carlyle who lived in the house from 1834 until their deaths. There is a substantial remnant of the working library of Thomas Carlyle (795 titles in total).

Our collections

Explore the objects and works of art we care for at Carlyle's House on the National Trust Collections website