London Shh . . . small historic houses

Posted in on site, resources by Editor on May 18, 2011

Thanks to Alicia Weisberg-Roberts who draws our attention to London Shh. . . “a tiny museum association of tiny house museums, mostly Georgian in theme or fabric.” From the association’s website:

London Shh… is a collection of the city’s hidden-gems; small historic houses which tell the stories of fascinating and famous former residents. Tucked away down intriguing streets and alleys, off the beaten tourist track you will find some of the city’s best kept secrets. London Shh… formed in 2008 with a view to encourage more people to discover and enjoy these beautiful houses. To step through one of our front doors is to be transported back in time and experience first-hand the places which famous names from Freud to Franklin chose to call home. So come and visit us and get closer to the people whose innovations and actions changed the world we live in. All the houses are independent registered charities and generate their own income through exciting programmes of exhibitions, events and more.

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In addition to coordinating digital access for the properties, the association’s site also provides a single point of access for upcoming events. On May 19, for instance, at the Handel House Museum

Jennifer Bennett (baroque violin) and Dan Tidhar (harpsichord) will explore the evolution of the sonata in the 18th century starting with J.S. Bach via his son C.P.E. Bach and ending with Mozart.

And on May 23, at the Benjamin Franklin House,

Dr Allan, historian of the Royal Society of Arts (RSA) and Honorary President of the William Shipley Group for RSA History, will highlight the friendship between Franklin and RSA Founder William Shipley and his family. For over fifty years, Dr. Allan has lectured and written extensively on aspects of the Society’s history, including the Benjamin Franklin connection, and he remains involved in its affairs.

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The houses currently represented include:

  • Freud Museum London
  • Benjamin Franklin House
  • Kelmscott House
  • Dr Johnson’s House
  • Handel House Museum
  • Burgh House & Hampstead Museum
  • Emery Walker House
  • Wesley House
  • Keats House

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  1. Janet said, on May 23, 2011 at 5:35 pm

    So funny! We both posted about this site on the same day! I am so impressed with the whole concept. . . it is a great way for smaller museums to pool their resources and put themselves on the map.

  2. Editor said, on May 23, 2011 at 6:54 pm

    Clearly great minds think alike, Janet! — though I should be clear that it’s Alicia’s mind rather than mine that led to this posting. You should have noted a link to your posting:

    Thanks, -CH

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