Turner’s House Launches Crowd Funding Appeal

Twelve months ago we reported how the Twickenham ‘country retreat’ of artist JMW Turner had received Heritage Lottery funding to carry out essential restoration work and put in facilities to open it up to the public. It was a good news story to kick off 2015.  However, it now seems that the funds raised so far aren’t going to be quite enough to finish the job so now the Turner’s House Trust is looking to make up the difference from crowdsourced funding. (That’s the like of you lot, btw). A £25,000 target has been set.

Turner's House, Twickenham

Turner’s House, Twickenham

The Grade II listed house, Sandycombe Lodge, was designed by Turner in 1813 and used by him until he sold it in 1826. Heritage Lottery funding and other grants and donations have contributed to the majority of the £2.4m project costs but a last push to close the funding gap is now running until early March.

According to a BBC News report ‘inflation and building costs’ have meant the original estimates for the work had to be revised upwards. Donors are being offered inducements such as preview tours ahead of public opening and a printmaking workshop led by artist Sasa Marinkov. Time to dig deep for this piece of local history?

In the meantime, if anyone has ever met a builder who’s looked at a half-finished job, folded their arms across their chest, nodded solemnly and said, “Great news, this project is actually going to come in under budget!” we suggest you put them in touch with Turners House Trust asap. In fact, why not tell all of us.




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3 responses to “Turner’s House Launches Crowd Funding Appeal

  1. The Guardian has (Feb 28): Turner’s villa turns to crowdfunding to bolster restoration project
    Sandycombe Lodge in Twickenham appeals to public to raise last £125,000 of £2.4m target in bid to save it from collapsing http://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/2016/feb/28/turners-villa-turns-to-crowdfunding-to-bolster-restoration-project

  2. illiad1

    and what about lord True’s millions??? 😡

  3. Somebody has messed up somewhere big time. £2.5million ??? and £25,000 still required. How can inflation shoot upndo much in12 months. In my experience builders have never been efficient and delivered on time within budget.