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A sketch of the Holburne extension from Sydney Gardens by Eric Parry Architects

Press Release - 25 February 2009

Public lecture: An insight into the future of the Holburne Museum

Bath’s Holburne Museum is undergoing an exciting major development project.

Although the museum is currently closed to allow for refurbishment and extension works, its director, Dr Alexander Sturgis, will give an insight into how it will be transformed in a special lecture at the University of Bath next Wednesday (4 March).

He will be talking about what visitors will be able to see in the renewed museum and the ways in which the development will allow it to play its part to the full in the cultural life of the city and region.

The development will allow The Holburne to offer improved access to its collection, to become a venue for a more ambitious exhibition and events programme and provide a museum shop and garden café.

Dr Alexander Sturgis has been Director of the Holburne Museum since September 2005.

He said: “The Holburne has been working hard behind the scenes for a long time and it is very exciting to have reached the moment when all of our careful plans are about to become a reality. Eric Parry Architects, who have recently received much critical acclaim for the beautiful restoration of St Martin-in-the-Fields Church in Trafalgar Square, have designed our extension and we are looking forward to working with them to create a new Holburne for Bath and the region.”

Dr Sturgis came to Bath from the National Gallery where he was Exhibitions and Programmes Curator and curated a number of important exhibitions including: Rembrandt by Himself (1999), Seeing Salvation (2000), Bill Viola: The Passions (2003) and Rebels and Martyrs: the image of the artist in the 19th century (2006).

He is the author, contributor and editor of a number of books including Faces (National Gallery, 1999) Understanding Paintings: Themes in Art Explored and Explained (Mitchell Beazley, 2000), Seeing Salvation, contributor (NG, 2000), Telling Time (NG, 2000) Dan's Angel (Frances Lincoln, 2002) and Rebels and Martyrs (National Gallery, 2006).

The museum’s development programme of refurbishment and extension supported by a grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund is scheduled to be finished in 2010.

Dr Sturgis’ lecture is part of the General University Lecture Programme.

Other lectures in the series include:

All lectures are free and open to the public and start at 5:15pm at the Lecture Theatre 8 West 1.1

Admission and parking is free in the west car park at the Claverton Campus.

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