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Sidney Sussex Society visit to Kettle's Yard

Kettle's Yard



Join the Sidney Sussex Society on an exclusive tour of Kettle's Yard. Set in a quiet corner of Cambridge, overlooked by the tiny St Peter’s Church, Kettle’s Yard is a beautiful house filled with masterpieces of modern art.

Between 1958 and 1973, Kettle’s Yard was home of H S (Jim) Ede and his wife Helen. In the 1920s and 1930s, Jim had been a curator at the Tate Gallery in London. Thanks to his friendships with artists and other like-minded people, over the years he gathered a remarkable collection, including paintings by Ben and Winifred Nicholson, Alfred Wallis, Christopher Wood, David Jones and Joan Miro, as well as sculptures by Henri Gaudier-Brzeska, Constantin Brancusi, Henry Moore and Barbara Hepworth.

Kettle’s Yard was originally conceived with students in mind. Jim kept an ‘open house’ every afternoon of term, personally guiding visitors around his home. In 1966, he gave the house and its contents to the University of Cambridge. In 1970, three years before the Edes retired to Edinburgh, the house was extended, and an exhibition gallery added. 

In 2018, Kettle's Yard opened major new exhibition galleries, an education space, and a cafe designed by Jamie Fobert, at a cost of £9m, making it one of Eastern England's finest cultural venues.

The event is scheduled to begin at 10:15am and finish around 12:30pm.


10:15 Refreshments at Kettle’s Yard on arrival

10:40 Introduction by former Tate curator, Richard Humpheys

11:00 Tour of House

12:30 Finish


Tickets are £20 per person

The closing date for this event is 12:00 noon on 6 September 2019