The Denney Edition at Rainham Hall

Rainham Hall - Visitors in Denney's Library

The Denney Edition: celebrating an icon of 20th century style, is an innovative exhibition celebrating the life and career of Vogue photographer, designer, and former Rainham Hall resident, Anthony Denney.

In partnership with creative company The Decorators, and a host of designers and local craftspeople, the Hall has been transformed into a ‘living magazine’ to showcase Denney’s life and work. Exhibits include objects and photographs from Denney’s personal life, with spaces representing themes of fashion, jewellery, arts, interiors, food, gardening, and travel. 

Style icon

Anthony Denney is perhaps Rainham Hall's most glamorous former resident. An influential photographer, interior designer, and socialite, he lived at the Hall from 1964 to 1969. Find out more about Denney's life and influence here

Anthony Denney in the Library at Rainham Hall 1967
Anthony Denney in the Library at Rainham Hall
Anthony Denney in the Library at Rainham Hall 1967

Community Makers 

Community participation is central to all our exhibitions, ensuring a minimum of 60% of all exhibits are created in partnership with local makers and groups. In The Denney Edition, the third Hall exhibition since opening to the public in 2015, around 80% of the exhibits are by local artists, schools, and colleges.

Accessories created by students from South Essex College
The Denney Edition - Accessories
Accessories created by students from South Essex College

Make sure to pick up the exhibition magazine for the full stories behind each collaboration. 

Denney's Garden 

Venture out into the three-acre Garden to see more of the Denney Edition, including Japanese Raku-inspired sculptures on the lawer lawn. Following a community photography competition in 2019, over 100 entries were whittled down to 12 winners and curated for an outdoor exhibition in the woodland bosquet. 

A summery view of Rainham Hall, one of the entries to the competition.
Rainham Hall in summer against a blue sky, viewed from the back lawn. In the foreground are two identical white tiled sculptures, either side of a brick path leading up to the Hall. The Hall is in the distance, a symmetrical, square Queen Anne house.
A summery view of Rainham Hall, one of the entries to the competition.

The Denney Edition: celebrating an icon of 20th century style runs from June 2019 to 2021 at Rainham Hall.