Hampstead Museum was founded in 1979 by local historians Christopher and Diana Wade, with loans from Camden Libraries, Hampstead Artists Council and the Heath & Hampstead Society. After launching an appeal for objects from the local community, donations poured in and the collection now consists of approximately 3,000 objects. Hampstead Museum achieved Arts Council Accreditation in 2011.
The permanent museum display covers two rooms on the first floor of Burgh House and charts the history and development of Hampstead from prehistoric times to the present day, through artworks, objects and interactive displays. Highlights from our fine art collection include work by C. R. W. Nevinson, Fred Uhlman, Donald Towner and Duncan Grant. Our collection also holds work by local artists, including Sydney Arrobus, Dorothy Bohm, Mari L'anson, Bette Greenhalf, P. F. Naylor and Gillian Lawson. We are proud to house the biggest publicly accessible collection of Helen Allingham artwork in the country.