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Completing Kettle’s Yard

In Museum [Insider], Museums, new content on May 21, 2011 at 7:04 pm

The ‘to do’ list of museums I want to visit has been growing over time, but I’ve just put a new one at the top of the list.

Over the last couple of years I’ve written about dozens of museums and galleries around the country which I’ve not visited in person. If I’m writing an article about a new museum being planned in Scotland there’s actually little point in me going up there to see a building site – in fact it’s much more beneficial to speak with people working on the project on the phone. There are loads of new museums opening this year, but one I really want to go see when it’s done (next year) is Kettle’s Yard in Cambridge.

This charming little property was once home to Jim Ede, a veteran of the art world who would, at one time, welcome students from the local University into his home for a cup of tea and the chance to look at his collection.

The house is now a public building, and has been operating at maximum capacity for some time. After various physical interventions on the site the museum has now realised that it cannot continue to operate efficiently in its present form, so are planning to make some alterations and ‘complete’ the site –  at a cost of £5 million.

I’ll definitely be there next autumn to see what’s happened.

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