Vivien Leigh at Treasurer's House

This is the first opportunity to see a full exhibition from the Leigh archive since it was acquired by the Victoria and Albert Museum. Spread throughout the house it spotlights Vivien Leigh as an enduring icon of stage and screen.

Vivien Leigh: Public Faces, Private Lives

Thursday to Sunday until 20 December 2015

Pre-booking recommended via the what's on section to save queueing.

Free entry to the exhibition for National Trust members, otherwise normal admission charges apply.

Treasurer's House and iconic actors

Frank Green, the former owner of Treasurer's, adored the theatre, especially when he could enjoy it in the comfort of his own home. Many celebrated actors of the Edwardian era would have performed here, including Lily Langtry and Ellen Terry; they were firm friends of Frank's and visited Treasurer’s many times.

Today, we are thrilled to welcome one of Britain’s best actresses in a brand new exhibition Vivien Leigh: Public Faces, Private Lives.

Putting the finishing touches to the Streetcar Named Desire room
Man hanging an image on an exhibition wall

About the exhibition

The exhibition is throughout most of the house and starts with Vivien at home in India before her role as Scarlett O’Hara (in Gone With the Wind) blew her into a whirlwind of romance, Oscars and an A-list lifestyle.

Leigh’s archive was acquired by the Victoria and Albert Museum from her family in 2013 and elements have been on display in London. They have put together a collection of photos, annotated scripts, costumes, letters, diaries and scrapbooks. These items all tell the story of how Vivien built her skills, got into character and honed her ability to arguably outshine her male leads on stage and screen.

First chance to enjoy the archive......

This is the first time that the Victoria and Albert Museum have installed an exhibition in a historic house, we think that Frank Green would approve of his collection being in the spotlight once again.

It's also the first chance to see the archive as a full exhibition before it embarks on a national and international tour.

Checking the condition of the Gone with the Wind scrapbook
Man seated with window behind looking at a large scrapbook of newspaper cuttings