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A Bedroom in Bath: Sidney Horstmann and Charles Rennie Mackintosh Exhibition June 15th – October 1st 2017

A suite of furniture designed by the world-famous Glasgow-born architect and designer Charles Rennie Mackintosh is coming ‘home’ to Bath 100 years after it first arrived in the city.Designed for the family home of Bath-based businessman and engineer Sidney Horstmann, the bedroom suite, which arrived in the city in 1917, will be recreated in the Museum of Bath at Work.It will be part of an exhibition called A Bedroom In Bath that will run this summer from June to October 2017.The items in the exhibition will be on loan from the Victoria and Albert Museum in London.Bath is one of only a few known locations for Mackintosh-commissioned work in England.The Scottish architect and designer visited the West Country three times during his formative years in the 1890s travelling to the Cotswolds, Somerset and Dorset.Some of the tall grand windows at Montacute House, near Yeovil, inspired those in the Glasgow School of Art, his masterpiece, and the small country church at Merriott in Somerset influenced Mackintosh’s Queen’s Cross Church in Glasgow.Dr Trevor Turpin, chairman of the museum board, who has curated the exhibition, said: “This is the first time that the people of Bath will be able to see a bedroom designed by Mackintosh for a room in Bath. It may not happen again for another 100 years. “With the bedroom suite coming back to Bath a new chapter in the story of Mackintosh has been opened. This exhibition is all about travelling back in time to see the furniture and the careful attention to detail that is the hallmark of Mackintosh and has inspired generations of designers and architects.” http://www.bath-at-work.org.uk/

Spitfire flying display at Blenheim

‘Spitfire flying display at Blenheim, the birthplace of Churchill, on the occasion of the visit by Fellows in May 2015 to commemorate the 50th anniversary of Churchill’s death and the formation of the Trust’

New book: The Beauty of Bath

Engineering in a Georgian city The Museum, in conjunction with Horstman Defence Systems Limited, are proud to announce the publication of a new book “The Beauty of Bath: Horstman: engineering in a Georgian city“. Chronicling the history of Horstman engineering and particularly Sidney Horstman’s production of cars in the early twentieth century, this book celebrates the history of the company, which in itself is a history of working Bath. Available at the Museum shop. http://www.bath-at-work.org.uk/