Development Project

In May 2011 the Holburne Museum completed the most important campaign in its history with the re-opening of it’s beautifully restored Grade I listed building and the opening of a spectacular modern extension designed by Eric Parry Architects (the 2009 winner of the Richard Feilden Architect of the Year award).

“The extension and renovation, designed by Eric Parry, is sensational, an architectural tour de force that stands out – even in this country, where a new museum, renovation or extension seems to open every month.” ***** Richard Dorment, The Daily Telegraph

This £11.2million project transformed every part of the Holburne:

Created the new
  •  Roper Exhibition Gallery for our major temporary exhibitions
  •  Wirth Gallery for small exhibitions by contemporary artists and works-on-paper
  •  Clore Learning Space that has doubled our capacity for learning 
  •  Sackler Discovery Centre for families and people of all ages to explore their own creative responses to the collection and exhibitions
  •  Fletcher and Posnett Decorative Arts Galleries that now hold about 60% of our core collection that had previously been in long term storage

Restored the
  •  Brownsword Picture Gallery which now houses a stunning collection of eighteenth-century portraits by Gainsborough, Stubbs, Zoffany and Ramsay
  •  Davidson Ballroom Gallery with it’s stunning views over Great Pulteney Street this gallery now sparkles with the best of our silver, renaissance bronzes, maiolica and eighteenth-century dinning ware

Provide our visitors with excellent services from the welcoming Information Desk to the the new Garden Café and:
  •  Museum Shop
  •  vastly improved toilets
  •  and a lift that reaches every floor, making us fully accessible for the first time


The development project was made possible by the Heritage Lottery Fund’s generous grant of £5million. Their support demonstrated the trust they had in our ambition, a trust that was shared by many many trusts, foundations, businesses and people, including The Linbury Trust, The Monument Trust and the Brownsword Charitable Foundation.

Without their help and support the development would not have happened.

A full list of donors to the development can be found here.