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The Burton Art Gallery and Museum was re-opened in May 1994,
after a major extension and refurbishment. The new building has three exhibition
spaces, a museum, craft gallery, shop, workshop and lecture area and Coffee
The original gallery was opened in 1951. Two men, Thomas Burton, a wealthy local businessman, & Hubert Coop, a successful watercolour painter, combined to commemorate the untimely death of Burton's daughter, Mary. Hubert Coop stated their intentions in a letter to the Bideford Gazette in
"It's a happy chance that two old townsmen have come together to make a last effort to leave the town richer than they found it. The Gallery should be a peaceful haven where one may take a quiet look at beautiful things; a gallery for the enjoyment, education and good of all, old and young, inhabitants and visitors, - everyone - and as far as one can tell, of lasting credit to the living and those to come."
The new gallery and museum honours the donors' original intentions, while widening the scope for new activities and providing a better environment for the permanent collection and for visiting exhibitions.
A guided tour of the museum is usually available during opening hours , and school parties are welcome by appointment.
Contact us on 01237 471455 or by web www.burtonartgallery.co.uk
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