Gainsborough’s House thanks National Lottery players

National Lottery players can visit Gainsborough's House for free in December
National Lottery players can visit Gainsborough’s House for free as a thank you for making its first step towards a bright future possible.

Thank you National Lottery players

For the first three weekends of December, anyone with a National Lottery ticket can gain free entry to see the House’s art and heritage treasures – from a 400-year-old Mulberry tree to the latest exhibition, French Drawing from the Time of Gainsborough.

​For the first three weekends of December, anyone with a National Lottery ticket can gain free entry to see the House’s art and heritage treasures.

Gainsborough’s House received HLF support for funding of £4.73million towards a £7.5m project to transform the House into a national centre and one of the region’s leading heritage museum and galleries.

Robyn Llewellyn, Head of HLF East of England, said: “Every penny of our investment into projects saving, sharing and celebrating our shared heritage is made possible by people who play the National Lottery. So it’s absolutely brilliant to see Gainsborough’s House saying a huge thank you!”

Reviving an artist’s birthplace

One of the few birthplace museums to display the work of a single artist, Gainsborough’s House is home to more of the artist’s work than any other gallery in the world.

The Reviving an Artist’s Birthplace project will:

  • Secure the future of Gainsborough’s Grade I childhood home and garden
  • Increase access to the internationally significant collection of art work
  • Draw on the history of Gainsborough’s weaving family and tell for the first time the story of wool and silk weaving in Sudbury
  • Celebrate and explore the landscape which inspired Constable and Gainsborough
  • Create exhibition spaces and a sustainable future for the House

Robyn Llewellyn added: “Everyone who buys a National Lottery ticket benefits projects like this. This project shares the art, history and stories of Gainsborough with even more people, engaging volunteers and creating opportunities for local people.”

For more information visit the Gainsborough House website.

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