Layton's Legacy returns home to Brentford
Historic collection reunited thanks to lottery grant
CIP and Hounslow Council together with the Layton Memorial and Museum Trust are delighted to announce the launch of a new exciting two year community project - Layton's Legacy: Celebrating a Brentford Treasure - that aims to reclaim Thomas Layton's legacy for Brentford and to celebrate its future for the benefit of the whole community.
Supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund with an award of £49,500, the Layton's Legacy project will reveal the life and times of Brentford antiquarian, councillor, benefactor and eclectic collector, Thomas Layton. Mr Layton (1819-1911) left to the people of Brentford his massive collection of 8,000 books, 4,000 prints and maps, 3,500 coins and medals and 5,000 archaeological objects, many of which are pre-historic and of important local significance.
The project will allow the people of Brentford to enjoy the collection that was bestowed to them and gain an insight into Brentford's history. A number of activities will take place at the end of this year and throughout 2006, including aseries of exhibitions throughout the local area, a publication about Mr Layton and the legacy he left to Brentford and a new website including a gallery, enabling Layton's great collections to be accessed by all.
exhibition in 2006 will re-unite Thomas Layton's collection, currently
Some of Layton's
collection can currently be seen around London including a small exhibition
For an initial
sample, you can catch a talk on Layton's Legacy from CIP Project Officer
an opportunity for community groups, colleges, universities, historical
May 8 2005