Royal Visit

Media Release
The Holburne Museum, Bath
11 April 2014

Royal Visit of His Royal Highness The Duke of Gloucester to the Holburne Museum, Tuesday 22 April 2014

The Holburne is delighted to welcome HRH The Duke of Gloucester KG GCVO to the Museum from 12noon to 2pm on Tuesday 22 April. This is the first time that The Duke of Gloucester has visited the Museum. As a trained architect with a keen interest in the development and conservation of important buildings His Royal Highness has been invited to see how the Holburne has flourished following its re-opening in 2011 after a three year, award-winning redevelopment project.

Following the refurbishment of its existing building and a contemporary extension, designed by Eric Parry Architects, the Museum has enjoyed a 500% increase in visitor numbers and hosted many critically acclaimed exhibitions, including its most recent success ‘Joseph Wright of Derby: Bath and Beyond' curated by the Holburne's Senior Curator, Amina Wright.

Richard Fleck, Chairman of the Trustees, said ‘We look forward to welcoming His Royal Highness The Duke of Gloucester to the Holburne Museum and to sharing with him our building and collection. The Duke of Gloucester will be introduced to the many people who have been involved in the success of the Museum, including our staff, volunteers and supporters.'

The Duke of Gloucester is visiting other cultural venues during the day including No.1 Royal Crescent, and will be accompanied by Lady Gass The Lord Lieutenant of Somerset.

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For further information please contact: Katie Jenkins, Communications Manager, the Holburne Museum tel 01225 388547 | email k.jenkins@holburne.org

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The Holburne Museum houses an important art collection formed by Sir William Holburne in the nineteenth century, which includes paintings, silver, sculpture, furniture and porcelain of national and international significance. Artists in the collection include Gainsborough, Guardi, Stubbs, Ramsay and Zoffany.

The Museum reopened in May 2011 after ambitious renovations and a new extension by Eric Parry Architects. The Holburne has fast gained a reputation as one of a number of outstanding regional museums in the UK.
• Winner of the Museums & Heritage Award for the re-display of the permanent collection.
• Winner of RIBA Building of the Year, south west.
• Winner of the Civic Trust's Michael Middleton Special Award for a restoration/extension project within a conservation area.

The Holburne Museum, Great Pulteney Street, Bath BA2 4DB
Open daily, free admission 10am to 5pm (11am to 5pm Sundays and Bank Holidays)
Tel: 01225 388569 email: enquiries@holburne.org www.holburne.org

In Partnership with Bath Spa University

Published on: 11/04/2014