78 Derngate represented at Westminster Abbey

78 Derngate will be represented at the National Service of Thanksgiving at Westminster Abbey on 11 November 2018.

The service in the presence of The Queen, The President of Germany, The Prince of Wales, Duchess of Cornwall, Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, Duke and Duchess of Sussex, Duke and Duchess of Gloucester, Duke of Kent and Prince Michael of Kent will be held to mark the Centenary of the Armistice at Westminster Abbey.

Over 300 people who have been involved with Heritage Lottery funded First World War projects across the UK will be in attendance. For 78 Derngate Sheila Harris, one of our Centenary Project volunteers will join with the Royal family, religious and political leaders and members of the public who have contributed to the Centenary on a national, regional and local level.

Our 2017 Centenary Project was made possible by a grant of ten thousand pounds from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF), which distributes the heritage share of National Lottery funding, supporting a wide variety of projects across the UK. HLF has invested £97 million in 2,200 First World War Centenary projects.

Recognising the huge contribution the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) and its First World War projects have made to the Centenary, the Department for Digital, Media and Sport invited HLF to nominate people to attend the Service.

Details of our Centenary Project, Centenary Exhibition, Events and Online Archive can be found at

Washstand part 2

The Charles Rennie Mackintosh-designed Guest Bedroom at 78 Derngate has a further and beautiful new addition that can be seen by visitors to the house this Autumn.

Thanks to the generosity of The Friends of 78 Derngate, we've been able to commission Professor Jake Kaner from Nottingham Trent University to make a replica of the second component of the Mackintosh-designed washstand which originally stood in the corner of the room. This joins the
base cabinet and washbowl which both arrived in 2015.
The washstand is made of oak veneered ply with an adjustable tilting mirror and locking vanity side cupboards. A blue and black stencilled checkerwork detail frames the mirror. 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 [
online catalogue information ] where a replica room setting of the Guest Bedroom has been created. The third and final part of the washstand set, a silk and glass splashback is planned for installation before the end of 2018.

Jake has made all of the replica Mackintosh furniture at 78 Derngate and has worked with us from the start of the restoration and we're delighted that he has been able to create another piece of exceptional quality for our visitors to enjoy. The re-creation of this piece further completes Mackintosh's strikingly modern vision for this unique interior and gives a sense of the experience enjoyed by the guests who stayed in this room 100 years ago.

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

Suitcase comes home

We’re very pleased to have received on loan a rather special suitcase which belonged to W.J Bassett-Lowke. W.J was always on the move; a trait immortalised in a cheeky cartoon from his time in business. His trusty case saw service in many parts of Britain and the wider world and carries many stickers telling the tale. It’s a substantially made piece of luggage and at around 100 years old is still in good condition. We’re very grateful to our friend and colleague Philip Warner from Northampton’s National Leather Collection who has arranged this loan. The case is now on display at 78 Derngate.

Heritage Open Day 2018

HOD2018fully booked
Update: All Heritage Open Day free tours of 78 Derngate are now fully booked.
Our regular ticketed tour programme continues to run
- please follow this link for full details, ticket prices and times.

78 Derngate is once again offering an afternoon of free tours of the only house in England designed by Charles Rennie Mackintosh. Contributing to the annual Heritage Open Days programme, members of the public can book to tour the house on the afternoon of Friday September 7th. Visits are by guided tour only which must be pre-booked via telephone: 01604 603407 - phone lines are open Tuesday to Sunday between 10am - 5pm. Four tours will be available, timed at 1.30, 2.00, 3.00 and 3.30pm. Each tour comprises 12 places and we can accept a maximum of two people on each booking. Booking is open from Friday 3rd August for these Heritage Open Day tours.

Please note that our regular tour programme runs throughout the year from February to December and full visiting details, ticket prices and other information can be found at

BBC documentary features 78 Derngate

We’re delighted that 78 Derngate features prominently in a major TV documentary about Charles Rennie Mackintosh to be aired on BBC Four this week. Artist Lachlan Goudie visited back in March to film at the house for “Charles Rennie Mackintosh: Glasgow’s Neglected Genius”. Produced to commemorate the 150th anniversary of the architect’s birth the film traces his career from his peak successes in Glasgow, his work in Walberswick and London and his final years in the south of France. The film was first shown on BBC Two Scotland a few weeks ago and has since been re-edited in the aftermath of the destruction by fire of The Glasgow School of Art Mackintosh Building. Lachlan’s upbeat style gives a fresh perspective on 78 Derngate within the context of Mackintosh’s other work. The film provides a welcome and thought-provoking reflection at a time when Mackintosh’s legacy is very much in the public eye. Essential viewing.

Charles Rennie Mackintosh: Glasgow’s Neglected Genius will be broadcast on Monday 16th July at 10pm on BBC Four.
Post-broadcast viewing via iPlayer here: https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b0b5ydcz