The Friends of Sherborne House exists to support the activities of Sherborne House Arts in its plans to maintain an Arts Centre in the existing galleries. The Friends have, in the past, raised money to conserve the Thornhill mural in the House, run symposia on varied Thornhill-related topics and are at present involved in raising money to conserve a screen, decorated by Macready, the actor, and Charles Dickens.

For more information on activities, events or membership or to purchase any of the publications listed below, please contact;


Robin Legg

T: 01935 815379

Or contact: Friends of Sherborne House email


For access to these please contact The Friends of Sherborne House

Sherborne House and its People
by Shelagh Hill.
This 67 page book has been researched by a local historian and covers the history and the interesting people who have lived in the House.

Sir James Thornhill
This video narrated by Jeremy Irons introduces the life and achievements of Sir James Thornhill and covers many of his works still on public display and, of course includes Sherborne House. It has been researched by Jeremy Barker who is an authority on Thornhill’s life.

Dickens & Macready
The Sherborne Literary Institute.
by Katherine Barker .
A paper on the founding of the Literary Institute in the stables of Sherborne House.