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Holburne Museum and Bath Spa University announce new partnership

The Holburne Museum and Bath Spa University are today announcing a new partnership to promote their academic and cultural collaboration. To celebrate the announcement, Bath Spa University is also sponsoring the Holburne’s latest exhibition ‘Painted Pomp: Art and Fashion in the Age of Shakespeare’, which opens on 26 January. The exhibition features nine exceptional full-length Jacobean portraits by William Larkin, painted around 1613-18.

The Holburne’s role as a University Museum was established in 1973 through its association with the University of Bath. This new partnership with Bath Spa University, which is well known for its study and research in the areas of creativity, culture and enterprise, recognises the strategic alignment of the two institutions. The partnership builds on the work the Museum and the University have done together over several years, contributing to the University’s teaching and creating innovative and exciting performances, exhibitions and concerts. The partnership will allow them to build upon this relationship to develop further:

• opportunities for collaborative research, exhibitions, publications and projects;

• taught academic programmes, specifically in the areas of art and design, history and arts and heritage management; and

• opportunities for students and staff to expand their personal and professional development.

Professor Christina Slade, Vice-Chancellor of Bath Spa University said: “Bath Spa University is a creative hub of culture and enterprise and we support our students in their endeavours to develop their practice. Our various project partnerships with the Holburne Museum have continued to expand over the years, so it is fitting that we now work more closely together to further develop our relationship.”

Dr Alexander Sturgis, Director of the Holburne Museum said: “Education is at the core of what the Holburne is about. We are delighted and proud to be working in partnership with Bath Spa University. I can’t wait to see the ways in which our collaborations will develop and flourish over a wide range of museum activities and academic disciplines.”


Further information

Jane Wakefield, Communications Manager, Bath Spa University
Tel: 01225 876106

Katie Jenkins, Marketing and Communications Manager, Holburne Museum
Tel: 01225 388547

Notes to Editors

• Bath Spa University is a medium-sized university of around 7,000 students. It provides a broad portfolio of courses at both undergraduate and postgraduate level with its major areas of provision in the visual and performance arts, digital media, humanities, teacher training, social sciences, science and business studies.

• 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.

Painted Pomp: Art and Fashion in the Age of Shakespeare 26 January to 6 May 2013
One of the most important groups of Jacobean portraits in the country forms the centrepiece of this exceptional exhibition. Nine sumptuous full-length portraits by William Larkin, painted around 1613–18, will be displayed alongside rare survivals of dress from the period with live interpretation to reveal the heights of the art and fashion of four hundred years ago.

• 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: |


Published on: 07/01/2013