Holburne Museum of Art


This small and exquisite museum holds the collection of the 18th-century collector Sir William Holburne and has recently been given a new extension by Eric Parry Architects.

We redisplayed the ballroom in the existing building, designing a long and spectacular showcase that echoes an 18th century dining table. In the Parry extension, we designed the new display galleries and their showcases in the spirit of a twenty-first century Cabinet of Curiosities. In each case, we responded to the objects, the audiences, the vision of the architects, and the museum’s location, which is poised between the classical, 18th-century city and the countryside. We aimed for a ravishing display, using a range of rich colours. We also created a child-focused level, with lots of activities, including drawers that open, each of which contains a miniature display.

The new Museum opened in 2011.

© Photography by Andrew Putler