78 Derngate has received a commendation in this year's East Midlands Heritage Awards at a ceremony at Nottingham Trent University.
Our award was in the category entitled Resilience and Innovation and reflects the Trust's innovative planning for the next five year's leading to our centenery.
Members of the public can also vote for their favourite museum as part of the Northamptonshire Museums & Historic Houses Heritage Awards recognising excellence in museums and historic houses.
The kitchen at 78 Derngate is looking very smart indeed. The Trustees and Friends of 78 Derngate have recently commissioned craftsmen from Roger Coe Joiners in Northampton to make replicas of the dresser and side table.
The Friends of 78 Derngate were happy to have been included in The Friends of Delapre Abbey's Local Community History Weekend on Saturday and Sunday, May 25th and 26th, 2013.
The Duke of Gloucester was invited to a special reception at the House of Commons to mark the 10th anniversary of the opening of 78 Derngate and to launch the Trust's plans for the next four years.
Les Patterson, Nick Petford, The Duke of Gloucester, Michael Ellis MP and Peter Gould
A Portrait Bench has been installed on the Sustrans' Connect2 cycle route in Becket's Park a short distance from 78 Derngate.
The bench features the figures of W J Bassett-Lowke, the poet John Clare and Charles Rennie Mackintosh.
We have recently received on loan the large Bassett-Lowke model of The Pearce Leatherworks' offices and factory.
The Pearce Leatherworks was founded in 1908. The company dyed leather for shoes, handbags, belts and other luxury goods which were exported all over the world. They moved to a stunning art deco building in 1939 and commissioned a model from Bassett-Lowke.
78 Derngate has featured in Sophie Campbell's article in the The Telegraph of Britain's Best Small Historic Houses.
She writes that, "The 1916 wow factor smacks you between the eyes as you walk in".
78 Derngate is one of the key venues situated within The Cultural Quarter in Northampton. Other sites include the Northampton Museum and Art gallery, the Royal and Derngate Theatres and the Northampton Arts Collective.
According to the website Tea in England, "78 Derngate may be the best Afternoon Tea value in England."
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On display at 78 Derngate is a 1/24th scale miniature house and furniture on loan to us by Joy and Alan Riley. It is based on plans by Charles Rennie Mackintosh for an Artist's Town House circa 1900 and has been made by Toptoise Design in Selkirk.