Behind the Scenes at the Holburne Museum

The Holburne Museum kindly opened its doors to Creative Bath for an evening's tour and networking event last week. Following a spot of networking over drinks in the Museum’s ballroom, Director, Xa Sturgis, and Matthew Winterbottom, the Curator of Decorative Art, gave their insights into the history and development of the building and exhibits.

The recent £11.2m refurbishment took three years to complete and saw a new, modern ceramic and glass extension to the Museum.

The work has restored the Grade I listed building’s original role as a gateway between Great Pulteney Street and the pleasure gardens, and visitors are now able to stand in the centre of the Museum and enjoy views out in both directions.

The guided tour kicked off with a whistle-stop tour of the permanent collection, as started by Sir William Holburne and which includes everything from porcelain, silver, old master paintings, Roman glass and snuff boxes. Visitors were also given the chance to browse the current exhibition, Peter Blake's 'A Museum for Myself' and Karen Wallis’s ‘Drawing the Development’, which charts the transformation from beginning to end.

It was the perfect way to spend a summer’s evening and whetted the appetite for a return visit at a later date.

Thanks to Creative Bath's Cedric Sureshkumar for the photos, which are available on flickr – click here to take a look.

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Emma Chappel