Jimi Hendrix's London home to open as public museum

Nathan Parke

Nathan Parke

2015-10-28 10:23:56

Jimi Hendrix's former London home is set to become a museum dedicated to the rock icon.

Hendrix lived in the top-floor apartment of 23 Brook Street in Westminster from 1968 until 1969, sharing it with girlfriend Kathy Etchingham, and described it as “the only home I ever had”.

The project has been funded by a £1.2 million grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF), and overseen by the Handel House Trust which also runs the museum next door – the former home of baroque composer George Frideric Handel.

When Hendrix learned of the musical history of his neighbouring building, he reportedly sought out Handel's most famous compositions including Water Music, Music for the Royal Fireworks and Messiah.

Hendrix's bedroom had previously served as the Trust's administrative office, but has now been restored to how it looked in 1969 when he rented the apartment for £30 per week.

The new museum also has an exhibition space and a Learning Studio, offering education programmes covering Hendrix's legacy and the cultural history of 1960s London.

“It is hard to think of another home in the world with such a concentration of musical genius," said Alistair Stranack, Chairman of the Handel House Trust. "We hope that the opening of Jimi Hendrix’s flat will give people an added insight into the life and work of a figure whose actions have been examined no end since his death in 1970.

“Our research into the building and Hendrix’s circle of friends and acquaintances has enabled us to present an image of what life was like in his time at Brook Street. While it has been a pleasure to have been working in Jimi’s bedroom for the past few years, it is even more pleasing to be able to throw it open to everybody else.”

The Hendrix museum is set to open in February 2016, with tickets going on sale from November 2.

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