08 April 2014

Freud Museum Blog - April 2014

It’s been a busy year at the museum with a number of projects and plenty of new faces. In January 2013, the Director Carol Seigel took a sabbatical in New York, during which she was able to raise awareness of the museum and kick-start fundraising in the States.  Dawn Kemp was appointed as Acting Director.  In addition to producing Mad, Bad and Sad – a major Arts Council funded exhibition and event programme, she also oversaw a project to shed new light on Anna Freud’s life and work through collections development, interpretation, education and an artist residency.  The new Anna Freud Room will be complete in mid-May 2014.

This year also saw huge strides forward in terms of increasing access to all of our collections.  Thanks to a generous donor from the States, we now have high resolution images and greatly improved information about key items in the collection.  We will start making these images available via our website from mid-April.  However we anticipate it will take a year to complete this work.

In May last year, we launched a fundraising campaign to conserve Freud’s iconic couch and were delighted to reach our target.  The conservation work was carried out on site, which enabled visitors and staff to learn about the couch’s fascinating construction and history.

The education department has recently begun work on a project to produce education films to support our many A-level student visitors.  These will also be made available via the website.

Our volunteer team goes from strength to strength and now numbers over thirty. They support all aspects of the museum’s work, but we’re always on the lookout for more, so if you’re interested in getting involved then please do contact me to register your interest (marion@freud.org.uk).

Finally, summer is coming and the Freud Museum garden is bursting in to bloom, so do come and enjoy this peaceful and thought-provoking place. We look forward to seeing you.


By Marion Stone, Development Director at the Freud Museum (April 2014)

Image: Ardon Bar-Hama