Who we are

The Friends of Turner’s House was set up in 2004 to support Professor Livermore in his aim to preserve the house for the nation, and now supports the aims of the Turner’s House Trust to restore and conserve Sandycombe Lodge.

We arrange talks and visits to inform the Friends both about Turner the artist and about subjects connected with Turner – for example, printmaking; the work involved in designing a Turner exhibition; and the work of artists who were his contemporaries.

A key part of the Friends’ support for the house is volunteering. We have provided guides who take visitors on tours of the house, and stewards who welcome and help with information for the visitors. The garden has been maintained by a small band of volunteer gardeners. We look forward to continuing this vital role once the house is reopened after conservation and, during the house closure, engaging with volunteer training and development plans in readiness for the opening. Volunteer opportunities also exist within the Friends, including newsletter production, publicity and membership administration. We also run a number of Friends Events during the year.

If you would like to support our work and participate in our activities, please join the Friends by sending us your contact details at friends@turnerintwickenham.org.uk.