Peter Blake re-opens the Holburne

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Sir Peter Blake has re-opened the Holburne Museum after three years of closure for restoration and extension.

At 10am on Saturday 14 May Peter Blake, with the help of competition winners, Katie, aged 6 , Nancy 8 and Katherine 12 years re-opened the Holburne Museum.

museum opening

museum opening

museum opening

Photographs by Cardwell

The beautiful “bodice” structure was made out of purple silk and multicoloured ties by architectural textile designer Anna Glasbrook, using a technique used for centuries. The ‘zip’ or lacing was inspired by the way saddle bags are done up for horses, donkeys and camels in North Africa and some parts of Asia, as well as an older method for containing spinnaker sails as they are hoist.

It consists of a series of loops on the edge of the two pieces of fabric you want to zip up. Starting at one end you put the loops through each other from alternate sides until you reach the top.
Peter Blake and the three girls were able to easliy unzip and reveal the new Holburne Museum. A 1,000 visitors were able to enjoy the new Museum before lunch.

The transformation of the Holburne Museum was made possible through the generous support of many trusts, foundations and individuals in addition to the Heritage Lottery Fund.

From Saturday 14 May
The Museum is open FREE of charge from 10am to 5pm Monday to Saturday and
11am to 5pm on Sundays.
Our new Garden Café will be open during Museum opening hours.

Admission to the exhibition Peter Blake: A Museum for Myself is
£6.50 / £5.50


Published on: 14/05/2011