During these extraordinary and challenging times, the safety of our visitors, colleagues and community is our top priority. Therefore, in line with the latest advice from Public Health England, we have decided to temporarily close our Information Point from 1700 hours on 19 March 2020. The Gainsborough’s House team will continue to work office hours wherever feasible – please do contact us with any queries at firstname.lastname@example.org and we’ll get back to you as soon as we can.
We are in close contact with DCMS, the Arts Council and Public Health England as they monitor the rapidly changing situation, and our plan is to re-open the Information Point on 5 May, or as soon after when it is safe to do so. Obviously, though, this is dependent on Government advice in this rapidly changing situation.
We are naturally all upset about this closure, but I hope you’ll agree that it is the right thing to do at this time. I look forward to welcoming you again soon at our Information Point and in our redeveloped gallery next year.
If you are a Friend or Patron of Gainsborough’s House and have recently paid your annual donation by direct debit or other means, we are extremely grateful for your continuing contribution and we will be in touch to acknowledge your payment and send your new membership card as soon as we are back in the office.Your patience and support is really helping us at this difficult time.
Please continue to monitor our website for further updates.
Director of Gainsborough’s House
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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