Museum History 2021-

How we bounced back following the worldwide pandemic...

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Coronavirus COVID-19 update

**The Museum remains closed to visitors until further notice**

Although it is now legal for UK museums to re-open, the College has still not set a date for re-opening the museum to visitors and researchers. A plan for a phased re-opening will be published on this website as soon as possible. All other museum services (enquiries, acquistions, sales, image-licensing etc.) have continued to operate as normal and the curator is on-site three days a week.

 

A partial refurbishment of the Sutcliffe and Giles Rooms, taking advantage of a period of closure, was begun during the national 'Third Lockdown' at the start of 2021. The opportunity was taken to refresh some displays dating from 2003 and to bring some different items, as well as recent acquisitions, out on on show.

The new display included items from the Frank Butterworth Ltd collection. Originally pledged to the museum in 2001 and written into the donor's will, the donor decided to let us have the collection early when he moved house during the Third Lockdown. The company was famous for its handmade tortoiseshell frames and celebrity clients including David Lloyd George and King Farouk of Egypt.

In line with new working practices that we are all still getting used to,  the College meeting rooms were adapted during Lockdown to offer greater connectivity for online meetings. This required that some paintings on display make way for video screens. They are being relocated to new positions in the building where although they may not be displayed to quite as good effect, they may (ironically) be accessible to a greater number of visitors.

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