Clock for 78 Derngate

This clock, which entered the collection of  The British Museum in 1980, was commissioned by W.J. Bassett-Lowke for the furnishing of 78 Derngate. Designed by Charles Rennie Mackintosh, it was made to match his interior scheme for the Guest Bedroom. The case is made from oak covered with a veneer of black stencilled checkerboard decoration. […]

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Making Mackintosh: The mystery of the striped wallpaper – Mary Schoeser

Mary Schoeser is an internationally respected textile and wallpaper historian.  She has published, curated widely and collaborated with many museums over her long career. Her clients include The Fashion Textile Museum, London; the Victoria & Albert Museum ( where she is an Honorary Senior Research Fellow ) and the Philadelphia Museum of Art. As an […]

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Northampton War Memorial

Visitors to 78 Derngate who arrive on foot from the railway station cover a route of great history which includes the site of England’s medieval parliament, the most outstanding Norman church in the county, one of the few buildings that survived The Great Fire of Northampton and numerous other fascinating places, many of which are […]

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The Two Gentleman of Design: Josef Hoffmann, Charles Rennie Mackintosh, and their Contribution to the Decorative Arts in Fin-de-Siecle Glasgow and Vienna

This article was first published in 2014 at http://digitalcommons.iwu.edu/history_honproj/51 and is reproduced here by kind permission of the author Elizabeth Muir. Muir, Elizabeth, “The Two Gentleman of Design: Josef Hoffmann, Charles Rennie Mackintosh, and their Contribution to the Decorative Arts in Fin-de-Siecle Glasgow and Vienna” (2014). Honors Projects. Paper 51. Illinois Wesleyan University. In the […]

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78 Derngate – a listed building

Numbers 76-80 Derngate were Listed Grade II on 9th December 1968 and this Listing was affirmed by 78 Derngate’s inclusion in January 1976 in the National Resurvey that formed the basis of The National Heritage List for England (NHLE). On the 11th October 1989 numbers 76, 78 and 80 Derngate were divided into three separate […]

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Dr Sylvia Pinches

Dr Sylvia Pinches is the former Curator of 78 Derngate ( 2002 – 2005 ). In post during the restoration of the house, she was responsible for the research and interpretation programme undertaken to prepare for its opening to the public in 2003. This involved extensive investigative activities to uncover and bring together all strands […]

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Letter from W.J. Bassett-Lowke to Charles Rennie Mackintosh. 31st July 1916.

This is the earliest surviving correspondence between W.J Bassett-Lowke and Charles Rennie Mackintosh. Dated 31st July 1916 and on notepaper carrying Bassett-Lowke’s distinctive company letter heading, only the first page of the letter is known to survive. The purpose of the letter is to give Mackintosh an update on the progress of the work on […]

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Jug. Attributed to Joseph Maria Olbrich. c.1910.

This Wächtersbach jug was acquired for the 78 Derngate collection on 16th June 2019. Purchased online from a dealer in Bochum, Germany, the jug is, as of 21st June 2019, displayed in the Guest Bedroom of 78 Derngate and can be viewed by visitors to the house. The decision to acquire this jug is based […]

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