Service at Westminster Abbey to mark the Centenary of The Armistice

On Sunday 11th November 2018 a service to mark the Centenary of The Armistice that ended the First World War hostilities between the Allies and Germany was held at Westminster Abbey. The Department for Digital, Media and Sport invited The Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) to nominate people to attend the Service. The 78 Derngate Centenary Project […]

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The Friends of 78 Derngate

The Friends of 78 Derngate were founded in 1998 by a group of Northampton people interested to support the restoration of the Charles Rennie Mackintosh – designed house and its opening to the public. Membership of The Friends is open to all. The Friends of 78 Derngate support and promote the activities of the 78 […]

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“New Trust for 78 Derngate”

“To preserve the historical, architectural, aesthetic and constructional heritage of 78 Derngate for the benefit of the people of Northampton and the Nation at large.” 1998 will see the formation of a new charitable trust in Northampton – the 78 Derngate Trust. The Trust, which has been sponsored by a local benefactor, will oversee the restoration and operation […]

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

This washbowl was acquired for the 78 Derngate collection on 13th August 2014. Purchased at auction in Edinburgh ( bidder Rob Kendall ), the bowl is, as of 2018, displayed in the Guest Bedroom of 78 Derngate and can be viewed by visitors to the house. The decision to acquire this bowl is based on […]

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Recreation of wall stencil, 78 Derngate.

This wall stencil was designed by Charles Rennie Mackintosh in 1920 during his time in Chelsea (1915-1923). It  was commissioned by W.J. Bassett-Lowke for the re-decoration of the Hall Lounge at 78 Derngate. The design replaced an earlier scheme by Mackintosh implemented in 1916-17. A set of drawings for this stencil scheme are in the RIBA […]

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Design drawing for the Hall Lounge of 78 Derngate

This drawing, in the collection of The Hunterian Museum and Art Gallery, was produced for W.J. Bassett-Lowke in 1916 whilst the Mackintoshes were living in Chelsea ( note the studio address written at the foot of the drawing ).  It shows in some detail key elements of the decorative scheme for the Hall Lounge of […]

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Furniture: Chair for 78 Derngate

This chair, which entered the collection of  The Victoria & Albert Museum (V&A) in 1970, was commissioned by W.J. Bassett-Lowke for the furnishing of 78 Derngate in 1916. Designed by Charles Rennie Mackintosh, it matches in style and appearance the dark finish and angular forms seen in his interior scheme for the Hall Lounge. The […]

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Margaret Bondfield

Margaret Grace Bondfield CH PC (  b. 17 March 1873 d. 16 June 1953 ) was a British Labour politician, trades unionist and women’s rights activist. She became the first female cabinet minister, and the first woman to be a privy counsellor in the UK, when she was appointed Minister of Labour in the Labour government of 1929–31. She had earlier become the first woman […]

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Design for wall stencil, 78 Derngate.

This design for a wall stencil for the Hall Lounge of 78 Derngate was produced by Charles Rennie Mackintosh during his time in Chelsea (1915-1923). It featured in the 78 Derngate Centenary Exhibition “Charles Rennie Mackintosh & The Great War“. The design was also recreated at full size for the exhibition and has been retained […]

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78 Derngate Centenary Exhibition: list of exhibits

  Book: ‘A Chinese command: a story of adventure in Eastern seas’ by Harry Collingwood [pseud.]; illustrated by Arch Webb. Book: ‘Dick Chester’ by G. I. Whitham. Book: ‘How photography came about’ by Charles R. Gibson. Book: ‘Paper and printing’ by William J. Claxton. Book: ‘Rambles in the woodlands’ by William J. Claxton’. Book: ‘The […]

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