Attractions industry news

23 Oct 2018

National Gallery’s largest room to undergo renovation

The National Gallery in London’s Room 32, its largest room, has closed for renovation work for more than a year following a £4m (US$5.2m, €4.5m) donation from billionaire Hans Rausing and his wife, Julia.

Work on the room, which houses work from renowned past masters including Caravaggio, Reni and Giordano, will begin at the start of Q1 2019. That work is expected to finish by Q2 2020 when it will reopen as the Julia and Hans Rousing Room.

"The National Gallery is lucky to have such generous and enlightened supporters in Julia and Hans Rausing. Their gift will transform the heart of the building and greatly enhance the visitors’ experience and the exhibition of those works," said Hannah Rothschild CBE, chair of the National Gallery Trustees.

New light and air controls will be installed in the room to protect the extremely valuable 17th-century collection on display in the room.

While refurbishment work is carried out, the National Gallery will look to display as many of the Room 32 works elsewhere in the museum as possible.

Room 32 was originally designed in 1876 by the architect Edward Barry and is one of the most visited in the museum

<< Back

News powered by attractionsmanagement.com

Major openings planned for Chester Zoo in 2019

Walking with ring-tailed lemurs and seeing endangered Asiatic lions in a specially-developed new habitat are among the new experiences planned for Chester Zoo in 2019, as it continues with its multi-year, multi-million-pound expansion masterplan. [more...]

Studio Egret West to develop new master plan for Horniman Museum

The Horniman Museum and Gardens has selected British architects Studio West Egret (SWE) to develop a master plan to expand its estate. [more...]

UK culture gets £20m investment

Local culture, heritage and creative industries in five parts of the UK are set to benefit from a share of £20m (US$25.77m, €22.65m), with funding awarded by the UK Government’s Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS). [more...]

Diller Scofidio + Renfro unveil designs for "once in a generation" Centre for Music

New York-based architecture practice Diller Scofidio + Renfro (DS+R) have released the first concept designs for the long-anticipated London Centre for Music. [more...]

PETA buys stake in TUI to protest SeaWorld ties

Travel operator TUI is to come under pressure from the animal rights action group PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals) over its continued sale of tickets to SeaWorld attractions in Orlando, Florida, and San Diego, California, with the activist organisation buying shares in the company ahead of its annual meeting next month. [more...]

Eddie Kemsley returns to Dreamland as CEO

Dreamland – the heritage theme park in Margate, England – has confirmed the reappointment of its former chief executive officer Eddie Kemsley to the same position, two years after she left the business to take over at Kidzania London. [more...]

In brief:

First look at Foster + Partners' classic car museum #MullinAutomotivePark [more...]
Visits from Japan to the UK to reach 'record high' in 2019 @VisitBritain @Visit_Japan [more...]
Funding grants announced for 35 English museums and galleries @DCMS @wolfsonfdn @TullieHouse @PHMMcr [more...]
French compay Looping acquires UK’s West Midland Safari Park @WestMidSafari [more...]
Manchester Zoo talks advance with plans to open Q4 2021 @TraffordCouncil [more...]
Arts Council England launches £6m fund for museums and cultural leadership [more...]
Scottish National Gallery’s £22m upgrade work begins @NatGalleriesSco [more...]
Manchester United to open themed entertainment centres across China @ManUtd [more...]
Iconic Black Sabbath return to roots with exhibition in hometown of Birmingham, UK @BM_AG @BlackSabbath @OzzyOsbourne [more...]
More news from attractionsmanagement.com>>
<< Back