The Burgh House collection was created by Christopher and Diana Wade in 1979. Since then, thanks to many generous donations from the public, local institutions and from the artists themselves, we have built up a collection of over 3000 artworks, objects and documents relating to the history and development of Hampstead.

Don't miss the charming High Hill Penguin, modernist Isokon furniture and the Second World War display in Hampstead Museum, with much more to explore here online.

In this section, you can browse our collection by object, artist or theme. Collections are being digitised and photographed continually, and will appear on the website as and when they are ready.

  • Click here to learn more about the artists who created the many artworks in our collection.


  • Click here to search the collection by title, artist, sitter, date or subject.


  • Click here to explore fascinating online-only exhibitions, compiled from objects and artworks in the collection.