Friends of 78 Derngate

Bassett - Lowke collection goes on show

Chris and Barbara from The Friends of 78 Derngate were at Abington Park Museum, Northampton recently for their Collectors Day event.

Chris's huge collection of Bassett-Lowke catalogues - [ surely one of the largest such collections in the world ] - was of great interest and attracted a steady stream of visitors.

The day was a great success, helped along by many Friends supporters who stopped by, the presence of a great model railway layout from a fellow collector and substantial amounts of chocolate which sadly ran out too soon.

Further images from the day - and the chance to let us know about your own collection - are on our

Alexander Ellis Anderson

A group of Friends of 78 Derngate recently took a walking tour of houses designed by the talented architect Alexander Ellis Anderson in the Abington area of Northampton.  Anderson did the preliminary architectural drawings for Mr Bassett-Lowke at 78 Derngate.  The walk was led by our own Anderson expert Rob Kendall. For more information about becoming a Friend of 78 Derngate click here.

More Mackintosh at 78 Derngate

The Charles Rennie Mackintosh designed designed Guest Bedroom at 78 Derngate has an exciting new addition.

Following our recent appeal, and thanks to the generosity of The Friends of 78 Derngate, we've been able to commission Jake Kaner from Buckinghamshire New University in High Wycombe to make a replica of the washstand which originally stood in the corner of the room. The washstand is made of oak with a blue and black chequer decoration on the edges. The design matches the other furniture in the room and shows Mackintosh's use of the square in both a decorative and structural manner. The original washstand is on display at The Hunterian Art Gallery in Glasgow where a replica room setting of the Guest Bedroom has been created.

Jake has made all the replica Mackintosh furniture at 78 Derngate and has worked with us from the start of the restoration. We were delighted that he was able to create another piece of exceptional quality for the house. In Mr Bassett-Lowke’s time a Joseph Maria Olbrich - designed bowl stood on the washstand. Pictured on our new washstand is an identical bowl acquired at auction in Edinburgh last year.

Visitors to 78 Derngate are now able to view the new washstand on display.

Help us re-create history!

The Friends of 78 Derngate have always been keen to add new objects and artefacts into 78 Derngate. In recent years we have purchased original Bassett-Lowke designed pieces for the main bedroom and dining room and replica furniture for the kitchen. Now we are looking to commission a replica of Charles Rennie Mackintosh’s washstand for The Guest Bedroom.

The original Mackintosh furniture for this bedroom survives and is on display at The Hunterian Museum and Art Gallery in Glasgow. The washstand, in keeping with the rest of the suite for this room, is made of oak with a blue and black chequer decoration on the edges.

The Trustees and Friends have commissioned Jake Kaner from Buckinghamshire New University to make the replica pieces for the Mackintosh designed Guest Bedroom. Jake has previously made the other Mackintosh replica furniture on display at 78 Derngate.

To pay for this we have now launched an appeal and donations can be sent to us at 82 Derngate, Northampton. NN1 1UH.