Freud Museum London

Freud Museum London
20 Maresfield Gardens
Greater London




020 7435 2002


020 7431 5452

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Listed house in Hampstead where Sigmund Freud and his family lived after fleeing the Nazis in 1938. The Museum was founded in 1986. It has featured in numerous films and TV broadcasts and hosts regular exhibitions and events. It is available for hire for filming and evening functions.

Venue Type:

Museum, Archive, Gallery, Historic house or home

Opening hours

Wed 12.00-20.30
Thurs-Sun 12.00-17.00

Admission charges

Adults: £6.00
Senior Citizens: £4.50
Concs: £3.00 (with valid student ID card, children aged 12-16, unemployed persons, disabled persons)
Under 12s: Free


  • Museums Association

Additional info

Our library, study and research facilities are open by appointment only.

Sigmund Freud's large collection of Egyptian, Greek, Roman and Oriental antiquities and his library. His study with the psychoanalytic couch preserve his working environment. A reference library, archive and picture library document the history of psychoanalysis.

Collection details

Archaeology, Archives, Costume and Textiles, Decorative and Applied Art, Fine Art, Personalities, Social History

Key artists and exhibits

  • Freud's couch; Dali portrait of Freud; Brouillet print of Charcot; Abu Simbel print; photographs of Yvette Guilbert, Princess Marie Bonaparte, Lou Andreas-Salome, Charcot, Freud family.
Events details are listed below. You may need to scroll down or click on headers to see them all. For events that don't have a specific date see the 'Resources' tab above.
The Freud Museum London

Freud Memorial Lecture 2014 - Prof. Dany Nobus

  • 23 September 2014 7-9pm

Freud Memorial Lecture 2014 - Prof. Dany Nobus

Yom Kippur 1939: The Last Day of Freud's Life and its Immediate Aftermath

23 September 2014
7pm - doors open at 6.30pm

This lecture marks the 75th anniversary of Sigmund Freud’s death, here at 20 Maresfield Gardens.

Drawing on archive material including press cuttings, obituaries and letters of condolence, Prof. Nobus will assess the status of psychoanalysis in Europe and the Americas on the eve of the Second World War, and evaluate the impact of Freud's death on the broader intellectual community.

Following the lecture Timberlake Wertenbaker, playwright and former Leverhulme Writer in Residence, will open a drinks reception with a reading of W. H. Auden's 'In Memory of Sigmund Freud'.


£15/£10 concessions/Member of the Freud Museum


The Freud Museum

Psychoanalytic Poetry Festival 2014

  • 27 September 2014 9:30am-5pm

27 September 2014
9.30am - 5pm

Psychoanalytic Poetry Festival 2014
Memory and Memorialisation

Five distinguished poets explore themes of memory and memorialisation in their work through talks, readings and conversations with psychoanalysts and psychotherapists. The day will be introduced with a paper by consultant psychiatrist and writer, Stephen Wilson.


Stephen Wilson
Re-membering Isaac Rosenberg

Deryn Rees-Jones
Contextualised readings and discussion
Title tbc

David Constantine
'So many without memento...'*
in conversation Gerry Byrne

*David Jones from In Parenthesis

Denise Riley
'Stopped Time and Rhyme'
In this paper I say something, and read a couple of poems, about rhyme’s relation to temporality, and how this links to that feeling of ‘time stopped’ that you might inhabit after someone’s unexpected death.

Sam Willetts
'Time Present and Time Past'*
in conversation with Ellie Roberts, discussing poetry and transgenerational transmission of trauma, nameless dread, and the presence of an absent object.

*TS Eliot, Burnt Norton

John Glenday
The Lost Boy
The history of the First World War has been a subject of ongoing fascination for Glenday. He will offer personal perspectives on how poetry can redeem people from history, and perform new poems inspired by the conflict, including ‘The Big Push’, and ‘The Lost Boy’ which tells the true story of his Uncle Alexander, who departed for war aged only 15, and who died in the Battle of the Sambre on November 4th 1918, the same battle as Wilfred Owen.

David Morgan (Psychoanalyst)
Judith Palmer (The Poetry Society)


Stephen Wilson was formerly a Consultant Psychiatrist at both the Littlemore and Warneford Hospitals and Senior Clinical Lecturer in the Department of Psychiatry, University of Oxford. He is a psychoanalytic psychotherapist and writer and has published numerous academic papers, newspaper and magazine articles, two collections of poems and several books. His short study of Isaac Rosenberg (Greenwich Exchange, 2010) forms the basis of today’s talk.

David Constantine was born in 1944 in Salford, Lancashire. He read Modern Languages at Wadham College, Oxford, and lectured in German at Durham from 1969 to 1981 and at Oxford from 1981 to 2000. He is a freelance writer and translator, a Fellow of the Queen’s College, Oxford, and was co-editor of Modern Poetry in Translation from 2004 to 2013. He lives in Oxford and on Scilly.

He has published ten books of poetry, five translations and a novel with Bloodaxe. His poetry titles include Something for the Ghosts (2002), which was shortlisted for the Whitbread Poetry Award; Collected Poems (2004), a Poetry Book Society Recommendation; Nine Fathom Deep (2009); and Elder (2014). His Bloodaxe translations include editions of Henri Michaux and Philippe Jaccottet; his Selected Poems of Hölderlin, winner of the European Poetry Translation Prize; his version of Hölderlin’s Sophocles; and his translation of Hans Magnus Enzensberger’s Lighter Than Air, winner of the Corneliu M. Popescu Prize for European Poetry Translation. His other books include A Living Language: Newcastle/Bloodaxe Poetry Lectures (2004), his translation of Goethe’s Faust in Penguin Classics (2005, 2009), and his monograph Poetry (2013) in Oxford University Press’s series The Literary Agenda.
He has also published four books of short stories, and won the Frank O’Connor International Short Story Award in 2013 for his collection Tea at the Midland (Comma Press), and is the first English writer to win this prestigious international fiction award.

Gerry Byrne is a consultant nurse and child and adolescent psychotherapist, working in the NHS and privately in Oxford. He is clinical lead for the Family Assessment and Safeguarding Service (Oxon, Wilts and BaNES), the Infant Parent Perinatal Service (Oxon) and ReConnect Service (Bucks). With Ellie Roberts he runs the annual Children in Troubled Worlds conference which promotes the contributions psychoanalytic thinking and the arts can make to work with troubled children and with Janet Bolam, theatre director and writer, he runs Between the Lines - writers and psychotherapists in conversation.

Deryn Rees-Jones was born in Liverpool in 1968. She read English for her undergraduate and Masters degrees at the University of Wales, Bangor. Her anthology Modern Women Poets (Bloodaxe, 2005) was widely praised and followed on from her doctoral research at Birkbeck College, University of London. Presently, Rees-Jones teaches at the University of Liverpool and is the co-founder of its Centre for Poetry and Science.

The Memory Tray, Rees-Jones’ first volume of poetry, was shortlisted for the Forward Prize for Best First Collection in 1994. Her second collection, Signs Round a Dead Body was a Poetry Books Society Special Recommendation. Her third collection, Quiver – a murder mystery set in the docklands and Chinatown of Liverpool – is a book-length, narrative poem.

Denise Riley is a critically acclaimed poet and academic. She was, until recently, Professor of Literature with Philosophy at the University of East Anglia and is currently A. D. White Professor-at-large at Cornell University. She was formerly Writer in Residence at Tate Gallery London, and has held fellowships at Brown University and at Birkbeck, University of London. In 2012 Riley was awarded the Best Single Poem, Forward Poetry Prize for 'A Part Song'.

John Glenday is an award-winning Scottish poet based in Drumnadrochit in the Highlands. His work appears in many anthologies, including Being Human and The Faber Book of Twentieth Century Scottish Poetry. His three poetry collections are The Apple Ghost, Undark and Grain, in which recurrent themes are absence and transcience. Alongside his career as a poet, Glenday worked as an addictions counsellor and psychiatric nurse.

Sam Willetts is a poet whose first collection New Light for the Old Dark (2010) was shortlisted for the T.S. Eliot Prize as well as the Costa, Aldeburgh, Forward, and London Festival awards. He is a former Winner of the Bridport Poetry Prize. His work has appeared in The Spectator, Poetry London, Poetry Review, Poetry [U.S.], LRB, TLS, Granta, Identity Parade [Bloodaxe], Private Eye, and elsewhere. Sam read English at Wadham College, Oxford, and worked intermittently as a teacher, journalist and travel writer, among other occupations. In his late 30s, having dabbled in drugs since his early teens, he acquired a full-blown addiction to heroin. New Light for the Old Dark contains poems about that experience and its consequences. However these form only one strand of a collection which also looks at childhood, war (his mother was a Holocaust survivor), romantic love, bereavement, the natural world, different forms of displacement, and the possibility of personal spiritual recovery. Sam Willetts remains committed to recovery from addiction.

Ellie Roberts is a Consultant Child and Adolescent Psychoanalytic Psychotherapist and an Adult Psychoanalytic Psychotherapist working in the NHS and privately in Oxford. She is Course Leader for the Psychoanalytic Observational Studies Course in Oxford.


Registration; £60 / £45 students/concessions
(£5 discount for Members of Freud Museum or the Poetry Society)

Advance booking essential

For further information contact or +44 (0)20 7435 2002


The Freud Museum

What about Me? The struggle for identity in a market-based society

  • 1 October 2014 7-8:30pm

1 October 2014
7-8.30pm (doors open at 6.30pm)

What about Me? The struggle for identity in a market-based society
Paul Verhaeghe in conversation with Lisa Appignanesi

In' What about Me?' Paul Verhaeghe’s main concern is how social change has led to a psychic crisis and altered the way we think about ourselves. He investigates the effects of 30 years of neoliberalism, free-market forces, privatisation, and the relationship between our engineered society and individual identity. It turns out that who we are is, as always, determined by the context in which we live. Tonight he discusses these concerns with Lisa Appignanesi, former Chair of the Freud Museum and author most recently of ’Trials of Passion: Crimes in the Name of Love and Madness’.

‘Paul Verhaeghe brilliantly captures the long-term impact that living in a profit-obsessed society has had on our psychology. An excellent book.'
– Hanif Kureishi

Paul Verhaeghe PHD, is senior professor at Ghent University and holds the chair of the department for psychoanalysis and counselling psychology. He has published eight books, with five translated into English.' Love in a Time of Loneliness' became an international bestseller and 'What about Me?' has been reprinted ten times within its first year of publication.


£10/£7 concessions/Member of the Freud Museum

Advance booking essential

For further information contact or +44 (0)20 7435 2002

Ticket cancellation policy: Please note we are unable to refund tickets, or transfer the booking to another event, less than 48 hours before the event.


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The Fentiman Brothers at War: Shell Shock, Emotional Resilience and the Cultural Memory of the First World War

  • 2 October 2014 From 7pm

2 October 2014
7pm - doors open at 6pm

The Fentiman Brothers at War: Shell Shock, Emotional Resilience and the Cultural Memory of the First World War
Dr Jessica Meyer

Dorothy L. Sayers's 1928 novel 'The Unpleasantness at the Bellona Club' is, as the title hints, a novel about war. At its centre are two brothers, George, who was gassed in the First World War and sufferers from shell shock in its aftermath, and Robert, a Regular army officer who was 'a jolly fine soldier'. Although presented as two individuals, these two characters represent two sides of the same coin, namely inverse psychological responses to the experience of war. George's shell shock is a classic flight into illness, while Robert's emotional resilience that borders on callousness. In this lecture, Dr Meyer will explore Sayers's representation of these two characters in detail, locating them in both developing understandings of war trauma and British cultural memory of the First World War. In doing so, she hopes to shed new light on how shell shock has become the dominant symbolic wound of the war in British culture, shaping both our historical understanding of the war and our current commemorative practices.

This talk is part of a series of events accompanying the exhibition 'Why War', 6 August - 19 October 2014.


£10/£7 concessions/Member of the Freud Museum

Advance booking essential.

For further information contact or +44 (0)20 7435 2002

Ticket cancellation policy: Please note we are unable to refund tickets, or transfer the booking to another event, less than 48 hours before the event.


The freud Museum London

Michelangelo's Moses-Idol

  • 7 October 2014 7-8:30pm

7 October 2014
7pm (doors open at 6.30pm)

Michelangelo's Moses-Idol: "Renaissance" as Return of the Repressed

Nathanael Price

“Thou shalt not make unto thee any graven image, or any likeness of any thing [...] Thou shalt not bow down thyself to them, nor serve them: for I the lord thy God am a jealous God.” Exodus, 20:4-5

“And well may the Jews go, as they do each Sabbath […] to visit and adore [the Moses of Michelangelo], since it is not something human, but divine that they adore.”
Giorgio Vasari, Vita di Michelangelo Buonarroti, 1550

“No piece of statuary has ever made a stronger impression on me than this.”
Sigmund Freud, The Moses of Michelangelo, 1914

In Vasari’s account of Michelangelo’s famous Moses, he describes how the contemporary Roman Jews abandoned their religious observances to “visit and adore” the statue of their own iconoclastic lawgiver on the tomb of Pope Julius II. The circumstances of this (imaginary) conversion – wherein the Jews establish their own image-cult of Moses – seems to epitomise the Freudian concept of the return of the repressed; the “inexorable” rule by which repressed psychic or cultural material (in this case idolatrous worship) re-emerges through the very agent of repression; here, the forbidding figure of Moses, destroyer of the Golden Calf.

Vasari’s story might be a fiction, but he recognised something inherent in Michelangelo’s statue; something that Freud himself would not admit when, four centuries later, he retraced the steps of the imaginary Jewish pilgrims. The idea of this talk – a centenary response to Freud’s essay, “The Moses of Michelangelo” – is that his concept of repression has unexploited potential as a tool for understanding not only the Moses, but Renaissance art and culture in more general terms. There is evidence, moreover, that Michelangelo and his contemporaries were as conscious of the cultural mechanisms of repression and recurrence as was Freud himself.

Nathanael Price is an academic art historian, now working on an AHRC-funded doctoral research project at University College London. His general research interest is in the historical interpretation and cultural legacy of the Mosaic image prohibition, and in particular the intersection between Jewish and Christian visual cultures in Renaissance Italy; areas in which he finds Freudian psychoanalytic theory has unexploited potential.


£10 Adult
£7 concessions/Members of the Freud Museum


The Freud Museum London

Know Your Enemy

  • 16 October 2014 7-8:30pm

Know Your Enemy: Images of the Enemy in Propaganda in the Twentieth Century

David Welch

16 October 2014
7pm - doors open at 6.30pm

David Welch will discuss how one of the most striking means by which different propaganda media have influenced social and political attitudes, changing or reinforcing them has been through the use of stereotypes - conventional figures that have come to be regarded as representative of particular classes, races, nations, etc. Drawing largely from the experience of war or conflict, the talk will use propaganda artefacts such as pamphlets, postcards, cartoons, film and TV.

This talk is part of a series of events accompanying the exhibition 'Why War', 6 August - 19 October 2014.


£10 Adult
£7 Concessions/Member of the Freud Museum


Freud Museum London


  • 18 October 2014 9:30am-5pm

Day Conference at The Anna Freud Centre

18 October 2014
9.30am - 5.00pm

The psychological problems of military and ex-military personnel is high on the agenda of current political, media and therapeutic interest. Military conflict and its psychological consequences has been an important determinant in the development of psychiatry and psychoanalysis in the 20th century, and the treatment of casualties of war have led to new understandings of trauma. This conference looks at the history of military psychology and the lessons that can be learned from current forms of treatment.


Michael Molnar
Lingering Trauma: Freud's War with Psychiatry

Tom Harrison
Strange Meetings at Northfield: Dilemmas of Psychiatry at War

Emile Wijnans
Ten Years Down: An Army Psychologist’s Reflections

Mike Swinburne

Jo Stubley
Psychoanalytic principles in the understanding of complex trauma

John Gale
A therapeutic community for traumatised veterans


Registration; £60 / £45 students/concessions
(£5 discount for Members of Freud Museum)

Advance booking essential

For further information contact or +44 (0)20 7435 2002