Partly Cloudy

Partly Cloudy

max temp: 13°C

min temp: 6°C

ESTD 1874 Search

Sudbury: Gainsborough’s House benefits from exciting new initiatives

12:00 05 September 2014

Gainsborough's House preview of the coming season. Left to right, director Mark Bills and Sue Starling (marketing).

Gainsborough's House preview of the coming season. Left to right, director Mark Bills and Sue Starling (marketing).

A number of exciting initiatives designed to attract visitors to the birthplace of Suffolk’s most famous artist are already paying dividends.

Gainsborough’s House, in Sudbury, has been transformed into a vibrant centre for the arts, with bold expansion plans on the horizon.

Constantly changing exhibitions, loans of artworks from top national galleries and a revamp of the museum’s layout have seen visitor numbers increase by more than 20% in the past year.

The newly refitted Gainsborough’s House shop, which re-opened in July, has already become a hit with visitors and locals.

And with more collaborations planned involving musicians, art groups and local museums, along with a planned capital works programme to extend the building, the future of Gainsborough’s House looks bright.

According to director, Mark Bills, previously the maximum number of people who would visit the museum in a year was 19,000. But since August 2013, around 23,000 visitors walked through the doors of Gainsborough’s House.

Over the next two years, an area next door to the famous house will be used to extend the building and create a space big enough to house large scale exhibitions. In addition, there will be a selling gallery for work from the facility’s print workshop and a tearoom.

Mr Bills said: “It’s important that we up our takings because it’s about being sustainable for the future. We want to create somewhere where people can come and spend a day and have lunch. By introducing the different displays, we are also hoping to encourage people to come back to the gallery again and again.”

To help boost funds, Gainsborough’s House has just started a scheme where people can ‘adopt’ a painting by funding conservation work.


Welcome , please leave your message below.

Optional - JPG files only
Optional - MP3 files only
Optional - 3GP, AVI, MOV, MPG or WMV files

Please log in to leave a comment and share your views with other East Anglian Daily Times visitors.

We enable people to post comments with the aim of encouraging open debate.

Only people who register and sign up to our terms and conditions can post comments. These terms and conditions explain our house rules and legal guidelines.

Comments are not edited by East Anglian Daily Times staff prior to publication but may be automatically filtered.

If you have a complaint about a comment please contact us by clicking on the Report This Comment button next to the comment.

Not a member yet?

Register to create your own unique East Anglian Daily Times account for free.

Signing up is free, quick and easy and offers you the chance to add comments, personalise the site with local information picked just for you, and more.

Sign up now

Corrie CCTV Screen

An abandoned van has been seized by police searching for missing RAF Honington serviceman Corrie McKeague, aged 23.

Suffolk Lowland Search and Rescue team search for Corrie McKeague just outside Troston Slades Covert. Photo Mark Westley

Suffolk police officers are attempting to trace a group seen talking to Corrie McKeague at a pizza takeaway on the night of his disappearance.

Archie Joe Darby and Daniel-Jay Darby. Archie, four months, was killed and Daniel-Jay was seriously injured after being bitten by a dog at their Colchester home.

A four-month-old baby was snatched from his mother’s arms by the family dog and mauled to death, an inquest has heard.

Police were called to the crash

A man in his 30s is in hospital with serious injuries after a crash Stowmarket last night.

Ron Harris outside the first home he shared with his wife, Nina, at Shingle Street before the Second World War. Photo supplied for Life on the Edge by the Harris family.

It’s a place with tragedy and mystery in its past – but as many stories of resilient determination to build a community amid its wild and isolated environment.

Corrie McKeague's last ever sighting at 3.24am September 24 2016. CCTV still from Brentgovel Street, Bury St Edmunds. The building in the background is the edge of Cornhill Walk Shopping Centre

A video of the last ever sighting of Corrie McKeague has been released, as four weeks pass with no new leads.

Stock image of the A14 near Kentford.

Two speeding motorists who admitted driving at 130mph in Suffolk have been disqualified from driving.

Most read

Great Days Out


Click here to view
the Great Days Out


Most commented


Show Job Lists

Don't miss


Newsletter Sign Up

Sign up to the following newsletters:

MyDate24 MyPhotos24