This exhibition explores the creation of a national centre for Gainsborough in Sudbury. A long-held ambition, this project is now a real possibility, with significant investment from the Heritage Lottery Fund and other generous supporters. Featuring the latest plans, it illustrates the new spaces being created through pictures and objects, and gives visitors the opportunity to explore our future plans in more detail.
Thomas Gainsborough (1727-88) was born in Sudbury and baptised at the Independent Meeting-House in Friars Street on 14 May 1727, the fifth son and ninth child of John and Mary Gainsborough. In 1958, Gainsborough’s House Society was formed to purchase the house and establish it as a centre for Thomas Gainsborough. The Museum opened to the public in 1961 and has remained open for over 50 years. The beautiful historic garden at the heart of Gainsborough’s House is maintained by a devoted body of volunteers, who garden exclusively with plants that were available in Gainsborough’s lifetime.
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