Business case presented for extension to 78 Derngate

Culture and tourism

14 September 2021

Photo of Art Deco lamp above 78 Derngate door

A business case is set to be presented which will allow 78 Derngate access to funds to carry out its extension project.
West Northamptonshire Council’s (WNC) Cabinet will consider a report next week for £400,000 of Government funding to be used for enhancements to the Charles Rennie Mackintosh museum.
Earlier this year, Northampton Borough Council (NBC) was successful in bidding for £25 million from the Government’s Towns Fund, to be used on a range of projects.
The 78 Derngate project formed part of the bid, following a £200,000 contribution from NBC in 2018 which was used to fund design and feasibility work.

“This is an internationally significant venue and one that it’s vital we support.
“78 Derngate attracts visitors from all over the world to see the outstanding design work of Charles Rennie Mackintosh, one of our country’s most famous influences on early 20th Century style.
“The house, designed by Mackintosh, is unique and the extension to the museum will allow the 78 Derngate Trust to build its income to become more sustainable for the future.”
Cllr Lizzy Bowen, WNC Cabinet Member for Economic Growth, Town Centre Regeneration and Growth

The plans include increasing the commercial floor space, storage and archive, improving the museum shop, creating an extended ‘Learning Garden’ and creation of a new tearoom.
Improvements will also be made to reception area, and the new flexible spaces will allow the museum to begin hosting wedding receptions and corporate events.

“The trust welcomes the ongoing support of the council and the important contribution from the Towns Fund.
“All at 78 Derngate are very excited that our extension and new garden can now go ahead, securing the future of the Charles Rennie Mackintosh house and contributing to the prosperity of Northampton.”
Mick Young, 78 Derngate Trust Chair

Full details will be considered by WNC’s Cabinet on Tuesday September 14. For further information take a look at item 18 on the meeting agenda.