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Orleans House Trust

Orleans House and the Ionides Collection was left by the Hon. Nellie Ionides to the Twickenham Corporation “inalienably for the public benefit”, and that the “part of Orleans House known as the Octagon Room be preserved as a place of National interest” in 1963. These remain key aims for Orleans House Gallery which was established in 1972 following refurbishment of the buildings after Nellie’s death in 1962.

Unknown photographer, Mrs Ionides with Vase, 1960, Photograph, Richmond Borough Art Collection

Orleans House Trust was established in January 2011. The charitable objects of the Trust are to maintain Orleans House as a museum and art gallery for the benefit of the public. The Trust is responsible for the conservation and preservation of the buildings and for the important art collection left by the Hon. Mrs Nellie Ionides in 1963. The Trust has a management agreement with Richmond Council to occupy the site and undertake services on its behalf.