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Painted Cloths from Brandeston Hall

The painted cloths from Brandeston Hall are recorded as coming into the collection of the Lincoln City and County Museum (now The Collection: Art and Archaeology in Lincolnshire) in 1951 with a gift of arms & armour. They were put on display in the Grey Friars building on Broadgate. In 1975 they were loaned to Gainsborough Old Hall where they remained on display until 2005 when they were removed for condition assessment by a textile conservator and returned to Lincoln.

Brandeston Hall is located near the village of Brandeston in Suffolk. In 1844 Brandeston Hall burned down and its owner, Charles Austin, restored it as an exact replica. In 1947 the Society of Old Framlinghamians bought the Hall from the Austin family as a living war memorial to commemorate the boys and masters from nearby Framlingham College who fell in both world wars. The junior school of Framlingham College officially opened there in 1949 and Brandeston Hall is now its preparatory school.

We believe that the painted cloth was displayed in the South Room, as it was described in the 1947 sale catalogue as having ‘panelled walls and a deep frieze richly painted with Fruit Foliage and Sporting Subjects’.


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OPEM exhibition at The Collection

28 January - 2 May 2017

Exhibition Opening Times: 10:00am - 4:00pm

OPEM 4 is the fourth biennial open exhibition hosted by The Collection and Usher Gallery, and will showcase the work of local and regional artists who were chosen by a pair of industry experts (writer/curator Elinor Morgan and artist Brian Griffiths) based on the quality and originality of their work. Hundreds of artists from around Lincolnshire, Yorkshire, Cambridgeshire and more entered into the competition, hoping to have their work featured centre-stage at a professional art exhibition.

The winning artists are:

• Reece Straw

• Jake Kent

• Stephanie Douet

• Jake Moore

• Selina Mosinski

• Matthew Chesney

• Ellen Brady

• Colette Griffin

This will be the first time some of these artists have exhibited with a professional institution. By winning the competition these artists will each receive money and supplies to fund the creation of an all-new original piece of work for this particular show. Other prizes include a £3000 purchasing/commissioning prize which has been sponsored by the Heslam Trust, while another artist will receive their own solo exhibition in The Usher Gallery.


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Last updated: 18 February 2011

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