The Merchant's House, Marlborough

The Merchant's House, Marlborough

At a glance

Causes

  • Museums / heritage

Other details

Organisation type: 
Charity
Geographical remit: 
Local

Objectives

The objective of the Merchant's House Trust   is to restore and refurbish the grade II* listed building of 132 / 133 High Street dating from 1653. It once was the home of Thomas Bayly, Town Mayor and Silk Merchant. Originally, it was one building which was then divided into two, and now has been restored back to being one. The building retains many of it's original features including rare and unique wall paintings, staircases, room layout and windows.

Activities

The Trust has several areas of activity including offering tours and visits to the general public, private and interest tours, educational visits which range from primary school aged children right through to sixth formers. Events are organised to both promote the work of the Trust and to generate an income. These range from Open Gardens to promoting life in the 17th Century.

The Trust also houses a large reference collection about the 17th Century furnishings, buildings and way of life. In addition, the Trust also has a large archive collection of photographs, pictures, documents and books about Marlborough and it's environs. To complement the house, the Trust also runs the Marlborough Museum. Here, artefacts about Marlborough and the local villages are displayed. The shop is also housed within the main building. Operating as it's own legal entity, the shop stocks a wide range of gift ideas, toys and cards. All the profits from the shop are passed to the Trust.

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