Lives, loves and loss: Traces at Fenton House

A table is laid out and abandoned as Fenton House is transformed by Traces this December.

This December, Fenton House is being transformed into an immersive, atmospheric experience that delves into the intriguing world of its eighteenth-century residents.

The house adds to its existing treasure trove of collections with the work of 80 contemporary artists telling the story of the Gee family for a unique three-week installation.  

Step into the year 1730 and explore tales of the Gee family, prominent silk and linen merchants who lived at Fenton House in the period. Wander through abandoned rooms and unpick family secrets and discover the lives, loves and losses of these former inhabitants and their relationships to each other, Georgian London, and the ‘New World’. The story picks up following unexpected family tragedies that create an atmospheric, other-worldly experience far from the London we know today.      

Traces

Lives, Loves and Loss is brought to Fenton House by Traces, a community of curators and makers with a reputation for staging some of London’s most imaginative art and design installations in old and sometimes derelict buildings. With a process rooted in archival research, Traces isolates a particularly eventful phase in the building’s history and curates and commissions artists to recreate the objects, stories and people which inhabited it then. The result is a multi- sensory experience in which visitors can trace narratives of the building’s past in sights, sounds, smells, textures and tastes created by some of London’s leading designers.

Accessibility

Stairs to first and second floor. Ramp access to two rooms on ground floor.

Dates and times

Saturday 3 & Sunday 4 December, 11am-5pm (last admission 4.30pm)  

Saturday 10 & Sunday 11 December, 11am-5pm (last admission 4.30pm)

Saturday 17 December until Friday 23 December, 11am-5pm (last admission 4.30pm) 

Entry slots are every 15 minutes available between 11am-4.30pm. Ticket holders may arrive anytime in the allocated time slot. No maximum stay.

Prices

Normal admission applies.

Book online or call our box office on 0344 249 1895


Thursday evening special

Dates and times

Thursday 15 December, 5.30pm-8pm (last admission 8pm)

Please note that the evening openings are not suitable for children under the age of 18.

Entry slots are every 15 minutes available between 5.30pm-8pm. Ticket holders may arrive anytime in the allocated time slot. No maximum stay.

Prices

Adults £15 (includes complimentary drink)

Book online or call our box office on 0344 249 1895