The Hampstead Museum at Burgh House has announced the opening of a small exhibit “on the landing” relating to Evelyn Waugh. Here’s a description from the museum’s website:
Evelyn Waugh, the distinguished twentieth century writer, grew up in North End Road, on the boundary between Golders Green and Hampstead. With his father, the publisher Arthur Waugh, he attended the newly opened church of St Jude-on-the-Hill, Hampstead Garden Suburb, and came under the influence of its flamboyant and outspoken young vicar, Basil Bourchier. In later life, and after he had become a Roman Catholic, Waugh ridiculed Bourchier, calling him a “totally preposterous parson”. This small exhibition curated by Reverend Alan Walker, seeks to reconsider their relationship and rediscover a local clergyman who performed on the national stage.
The exhibit is related to Rev Walker’s recent booklet entitled A Totally Preposterous Parson: Evelyn Waugh and Basil Bourchier. The museum is located on New End Square near Flask Walk, a short walk from the Hampstead Underground Station. Waugh’s family home at 145 North End Road is about a 1/2 hour walk from the museum (one may also take the train to the next tube station at Golders Green and walk 5 minutes from there). The house is marked with an English Heritage Blue Plaque.
The exhibit opened earlier this week and continues through Sunday 24 June. The museum’s opening hours are somewhat eccentric and should be consulted before planning a trip. See details here.