Home to the world's largest collection of Henry Moore's work and site of the annual Henry Moore Visitor Season
Henry Moore in the Bourne Maquette Studio in Perry Green
Photo: John Hedgecoe 1968
Moore and his wife Irina moved to the Hertfordshire hamlet of Perry Green in 1940 after their home and studio in Hampstead, London, had been damaged in the Blitz. Although originally a temporary measure, the Moores settled in Perry Green for the rest of their lives and built up an estate which included their home Hoglands, a collection of studios and beautiful grounds in which Moore's sculptures could be displayed.
In 1977 Henry Moore gave most of the estate, by then some seventy acres, to the Foundation and after his death in 1986, Perry Green remained the headquarters from which a world wide exhibition programme was coordinated. Today, The Henry Moore Foundation maintains the artist’s home, studios and grounds, as well as the world’s largest collection of Moore’s sculpture, drawings, graphics, textiles and tapestries. This collection is managed by the curatorial staff who are actively involved in the research, support and curating of Moore’s work worldwide.
Perry Green opens its doors to the public every year between April and October. Visitors can expect a privileged insight into the working practices and immense output of Henry Moore. Tours include the opportunity to see his iconic sculptures in beautiful grounds, while displays in the original studios trace Moore’s artistic process from the numerous found objects from which he took inspiration, to the enlarging and carving of his works. Hoglands, Henry and Irina Moore’s home for over forty years, opened to the public in 2007 and reveals their fascinating private art collection as well the ethnographic objects and books with which they surrounded themselves. A changing exhibition programme in the Sheep Field Barn reveals different elements of Moore's diverse oeuvre.
Take an interactive tour of Perry Green by following the link on the right.