Thomas Layton Memorial and Museum Trust
c/o Mike Galer
Layton Trust Project Officer
Mike Galer, Project Officer
0845 456 2800
The Trust celebrates the legacy of Thomas Layton, who lived in Brentford, Middlesex, between 1826 and 1911.
He was committed to Brentford and served on various local bodies for over 45 years, helping to develop many new buildings and services for the growing town.
Thomas Layton was also an avid collector of books, prints, maps and archaeological artefacts. On his death he left this remarkable collection of over 20,000 objects to the people of Brentford.
The books and prints can be viewed by appointment. The objects and coins are held at the Museum of London, and viewing must be arranged by them
No admission charges to see the books and prints but access is by appointment
Thomas Layton collected books, coins, and archaeological items (known as ‘antiquities’) for 70 years:
8000 books published from the late 16th century to the 19 th century, strong in landscape, history and natural history as well as personal papers, diaries and letters of Layton as well as other manuscripts, documents and wills;
4000 maps and prints and 150 framed prints, maps and paintings;
5,200 archaeological and ethnographic artefacts including items from England, Egypt, Greece, Rome, Peru, North America and Malaysia;
3500 coins, tokens and medals: Roman, Greek, Indian, American and British.
Some of the very best objects from Layton's collection are on display at museums around London - check our website (www.thomaslayton.org.uk) for details.
Archaeology, Archives, Coins and Medals, Decorative and Applied Art, Fine Art, Literature, Personalities
Key artists and exhibits
- Late 16th century to 19th century books - landscape, history and natural history
- Personal papers, diaries and letters of Layton as well as other manuscripts, documents and wills
- Maps, prints and paintings
- Archaeological and ethnographic artefacts from England, Egypt, Greece, Rome, Peru, North America and Malaysia
- Roman, Greek, Indian, American and British coins, tokens and medals.