National Heritage Lottery Fund: Call for Information and Volunteers


The ‘Squatter’ Years: Recovering Dorich House Museum’s Recent Past

Dorich House Museum has been awarded a National Lottery Heritage Fund grant to explore the history of Dorich House in the 1980s and 1990s, focusing on its transition from Dora Gordine’s home to a museum. During this pivotal period in its history, the house was acknowledged for its architectural significance through Grade II listing and was burgled, squatted, and used as film set before being acquired and renovated by Kingston University. Our project aims to recover, record and share three aspects of this recent history: the history of the listing and renovation of Dorich House; the history and scope of Richard Hare and Dora Gordine’s Russian art collection prior to its dispersal and the current whereabouts of stolen and auctioned items from the collection; and the use of Dorich House by squatters and party-goers, and by the BBC as a set for Nicolas Roeg’s film Two Deaths. If you were involved in the campaign to list Dorich House, participated in its renovation, have knowledge of the acquisition or dispersal of Gordine and Hare’s collection of Russian art and design, or can help us with information about the use of the house by squatters, party-goers or film-makers please get in touch. We are also looking for project volunteers. To register your interest please contact us

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