Paxton House gets £85,000 grant boost

Paxton House has been awarded a £60,000 grant from Museums Galleries Scotland and a £25,000 grant from the Weston Loan Programme with Art Fund.

By The Newsroom
Thursday, 28 December, 2017, 07:35
The drawing room at Paxton House

The funding will be used for two different projects; the first will raise the standards of care of the nationally-significant collection of Thomas Chippendale furniture housed at Paxton.

This will include the protection of some of the most unique and rare pieces of Chippendale furniture by ensuring that the environment is monitored correctly with new equipment.

The fascinating collection of recognised archives associated with the furniture will also be re-housed to enable easier access for research purposes and long-term projects.

The second project will increase access to the Chippendale collection through a special exhibition, catalogue, and education programme.

The new funding from Museums Galleries Scotland and the Weston Loan Programme with Art Fund will also allow Paxton House to publish new research contributing to worldwide furniture history studies.

The funding will enable an exhibition of The Paxton Style, Neat & Substantially Good to be held at Paxton House from June 5 to August 28, 2018.

This will celebrate, as part of a nationwide festival, Chippendale 300, the tercentenary of Thomas Chippendale the Elder’s birth, in conjunction with other country houses and museums across the UK.

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This exhibition will showcase some of Paxton’s most outstanding pieces of Chippendale furniture as well as rare, exquisite loans from Scottish private collections and country houses, the National Museums of Scotland and the V&A Museum.

There will also be a series of lectures by Chippendale experts, furniture masterclasses and family activities over the summer to allow all visitors to enjoy the festivities and learn more about the world-famous cabinet maker.

Dr Fiona Salvesen Murrell, curator of Paxton House, said: “We are absolutely delighted to be awarded this funding which will help transform how we care for the collections and bring the results of dedicated research to our existing and to new audiences.

“We will be able to show outstanding loans from national and private collections in the exhibition thanks to this amazing support.”

The Paxton House team welcomes groups to visit and explore the house and the collections on display.

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