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.
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 78derngate.org.uk/visit.
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
Northampton is celebrating the shoe industry heritage this summer by giving out plants in shoes to local businesses in the Cultural Quarter. 78 Derngate has a rather fetching pair of yellow and purple stilettos fitted out with tone-matched sempervivums. 32 businesses are taking part in the project and lots of different pairs of shoes and single shoes can now be spotted around the town centre and on social media too. Check the #SHOEPLANTS hashtag to see more.