Brassey's Brilliant Banquettes

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Project by Hastings Museum & Art Gallery

Total raised £1,225

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Our unique banquettes are in a very poor state. They need to be repaired by a qualified expert to help preserve them for future generations.

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James Clanchy 10th April 2022

Donation in memory of Tony Connerty who died on 2 April 2022 and who was due to celebrate his 51st wedding anniversary with Margaret in the Durbar Hall in May.

Eve and Bill Montgomery 4th July 2021

The workmanship that went into textiles from years gone by is too often neglected and undervalued. It will be wonderful to see these beautiful and unique banquettes restored. Good luck with the fund-raising!

gail 22nd June 2021

This room is the very heart of fabulous Hastings Museum and Art Gallery. Please support the restoration project!

Emily Hadland 9th June 2021

It is so important to restore beautiful pieces of textile history like this, and without help from crowdfunding and other fundraising activities, some pieces could be lost forever! 💗

marion purdey 9th June 2021

The conservation of the unique craftsmanship of these banquettes will stand as a memorial to the artists who conceived and carried out the design of the fabric and to the Brassey family who gifted the Durbar Hall to the Ancient Borough of Hastings.

Erica Smith 24th May 2021

I'm really happy to support this Crowdfunder – here's to Brassey's Brilliant Banquettes being restored to their Beautiful Best!

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This project offered rewards

£50 or more

Ticket to an exclusive 2 Hour conservation seminar

Meet the conservator working on the banquettes to find out about the science of conservation, the processes of how objects like these are conserved and what the challenges are.

£20 or more

10% off in the Museum Shop until December 2 2021

Our Museum shop has been revamped by the wonderful visitor services team and we have some fabulous new stock linked to our current exhibitions. We also have a variety of superb items made by local craftspeople as well as books by local authors. So, by choosing this option you’ll not only be supporting this project, but also the museum shop and our local makers and authors. Conditions: only one 10% discount is allowed per transaction.

£75 or more

Object Handling Session

Meet the curator of your favourite museum theme and explore a selection of objects of your choice for 1 hour. Perhaps you would like to know about some objects or photographs from your neighbourhood, or maybe you have a friend or family member with a passion for a particular topic? This option makes a great gift for a loved one and is also an ideal activity to try as part of a family event.

£500 or more

Curator Days Business package

Your team (up to a maximum of ten persons) will spend a morning or afternoon at the museum with a choice of activities such as learning what it takes to be a museum curator or trying out our Lego Lab. All groups will have the opportunity to explore a selection of amazing objects that are not normally on display.

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