Legendary guitarist Jimi Hendrix’s Mayfair flat, which he described as “the only home I ever had”, is set to become a museum.
The Heritage Lottery Fund has announced a £1.2m grant to reinstate Hendrix’s flat on 23 Brook Street to a create a new exhibition space, learning studio and set up volunteer and education programme covering Hendrix’s legacy as one of the greatest guitarists of all time.
The premise is currently being used as the museum’s administrative office.
Called the Handel Project, the initiative will also highlight the life of Hendrix’s next-door neighbour and German composer George Frideric Handel, who had lived at number 25.
Wesley Kerr, chair of the Heritage Lottery Fund London Committee, said: “The Handel House Museum is one of the most precious and evocative places in London. To visit the beautifully restored home where one of history’s greatest composers lived and invented some of the finest music ever written is already pure joy.
“We are delighted that this award will enhance the spaces for volunteers and staff. It will also make available to visitors the neighbouring flat where Jimi Hendrix – another extraordinary musical émigré from a more recent era – found inspiration and happiness – transcending musical boundaries in the heyday of rock and roll. The two spaces together will be greater than the sum of their parts, and I’m sure that the excellent Handel House team will use the new rooms and themes and circulation routes creatively.”