Now and then

In 1920 the Ideal Home magazine ran a series of articles about the transformation of 78 Derngate "into a charming and up-to-date miniature residence".

W.J Bassett-Lowke, the owner of the house, provided numerous photos of the exterior and interior, showing off the strikingly modern architectural features, furniture and decoration. Photos showing the house in its previous unmodernised state served to emphasised the changes.

Almost 100 years later and In a similar vein, using the technology of today, we show here views of 78 Derngate as it was in the Bassett-Lowke era and as it is today in its restored state. It is in no small measure that the owner's use of modern technology back then to record the details of his home, served its restorers so well many years later. These and other photographs were microscopically analysed in great detail to help in uncovering and piecing back together the lost details and inform the restoration process.

Bassett-Lowke went on to record his second home, 'New Ways' - another modern marvel, using then state-of-the-art cinematography. As a nod to his love of modernity and technology, we've taken the liberty of posting one of his New Ways films to YouTube - see below.

1916 2016
1916 2016

1916 2016
1916 2016

1916 2016
1916 2016

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Get social with 78 Derngate

78 Derngate is located at the end of Derngate. Walk away from the town centre past The Royal and Derngate theatres and towards Beckett's Park.
The map below can be panned and zoomed to aid navigation.

Planning ahead? 2018 opening details
Dates: open Thursday 1st February until Sunday 16th December.
Days and times: Tuesday to Sunday (and Bank Holiday Mondays) 10am - 5pm. Last entry to the Mackintosh house is at 4pm.