Charles Rennie Mackintosh designed bedroom returns home to Bath.

A suite of furniture designed by the world famous architect and designer Charles Rennie Mackintosh is coming home to Bath – one hundred years after it first arrived.

Designed for the family home of Bath businessman and engineer Sidney Horstmann, the bedroom suite will be re-created in the Museum of Bath at Work as part of a special exhibition that that will run this summer from June to September.

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Mackintosh designed the interior for the bedroom and also the furniture in a house that Sidney Horstmann lived in until 1935. His daughter Alison Dunmore was born in one of the beds designed by Mackintosh and had fond memories of growing up in the room, which was her own bedroom.

The Museum has been fortunate in gaining consent from the Victoria & Albert Museum to borrow the furniture for display—furniture that has not been seen for 50 years!

Progress so far:

  • We have secured a grant from the Arts Council to upgrade our Fire and Security system to V&A standards.
  • Bath Spa University School of Art and Design have agreed to design and decorate the bedroom.
  • We have funded the photographing of the furniture and have obtained the necessary reproduction license – from our own resources and generous donations.

We Need Your Help

But we still need financial support to meet the V&A loan costs, transport and insurance and construction of the room …and printing of the catalogue. The cost of the project is £10,000.

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Please help this exciting venture—and enable the Museum to reach a new level in the field of regional Museums. 

If you are able to assist with this project and would like to make a donation by cheque would you make the cheque payable to Bath Industrial Heritage Trust Limited and send to:

Museum of Bath at Work

Julian Road, BATH BA1 2RH

If you would like to make a payment by bank transfer the payment details are:

Bank name: Barclays Bank plc

Branch address: Southgate Street Bath

Sort Code: 20-05-06

Account No: 20141615

Account name: Bath Industrial Heritage Trust Limited.

Thank you for your ongoing support!

Stuart Burroughs

Director of the Museum of Bath at Work