The 78 Derngate Centenary Exhibition, “Charles Rennie Mackintosh & The Great War” opened on 1st February 2017 and ran until 29th April 2017. The Exhibition examined the impact of the First World War on Mackintosh’s life and how this shaped the design work he was able to undertake during this period.

The exhibition was unique in focussing on the story of Mackintosh’s late career in Britain in the location most strongly associated with his final major architectural work, 78 Derngate Northampton. 90 works were on show comprising a mix of original pieces and high quality replicas from major collections (The Glasgow School of Art, Hunterian Museum and Art Gallery, RIBA, University of Strathclyde Archives, Brighton Museums, The Willow Tea Rooms Trust and Northampton Museum). The exhibition period saw a 30% uplift in the seasonal visitor attendance at 78 Derngate and a similar increase in website, social media traffic and follower engagement. Analysis of online activity indicated a wide geographical spread for the material. Messages and enquiries of interest were received from Europe, Canada, Australia and the US as well as from all parts of the UK including much interest from Scotland and especially the Glasgow region – Mackintosh’s home city. This web archive has been established to make the material available free of charge and form the basis of further development.

List of exhibits [opens in another window ]

The 78 Derngate Northampton Trust wishes to acknowledge the gracious assistance with funding for the Exhibition provided by:

The Heritage Lottery Fund.

The Constance Travis Charitable Trust.

Supporters and sponsors
Our thanks to the following for their generous support with the Exhibition

Bruce Hamilton Furniture Makers.

The Glasgow School of Art.

The Hunterian Museum & Art Gallery.

Royal Pavilion & Museums, Brighton & Hove.

The Willow Tea Rooms Trust.

WOKA Lamps Vienna.

The Friends of 78 Derngate.

78 Derngate Volunteers.

Exhibition Team
Kate Fawcett
Bob Griffith
Sheila Harris
Paul Harris
Adrian Kirkwood
Peter Macintosh
Graham Malpas
Janet Malpas
Julia Miller
Stephen Miller
Debbie Sampson
Chris Sanderson
Mike Stratton
Kevin White
and the many other volunteers who have contributed in innumerable ways – thankyou all.

Curator: David Walsh



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