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Susan Calman visits Victorian treasure trove in her Grand Week by the Sea in Bournemouth

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We had the pleasure of meeting Susan Calman as she visited the Russell-Cotes Art Gallery and Museum in Bournemouth for episode 2 of her new Channel 5 series.

The Victorian Home of Annie and Merton Russell-Cotes

Nestled along the picturesque coastline of Bournemouth, England, lies a hidden gem that offers a captivating journey into the world of Victorian art and culture. The Russell-Cotes Art Gallery and Museum, housed in a magnificent Victorian mansion, is a testament to the passion for art and travel of its founders, Sir Merton Russell-Cotes and Lady Annie Russell-Cotes. Step back in time as we delve into the enchanting allure of this unique establishment, where a treasure trove of Victorian paintings and artifacts awaits.

The Russell-Cotes Art Gallery and Museum itself is an architectural masterpiece, designed in the style of a luxurious Victorian home. Built in the late 19th century, this opulent mansion showcases the splendor and grandeur of the era. Its ornate facade, intricate detailing, and sweeping views of the sea make it a true visual delight. Visitors are instantly transported to a bygone era as they cross the threshold into this magnificent Victorian abode.

Susan Calman’s visit to the Russell-Cotes

Watch here as Susan Calman visits the beautiful Victorian home turned museum which is situated just a few minutes walk from Bournemouth Pier. Our curator Duncan Walker showed her around Annie and Merton’s Victorian Home, stopping by to take a look in the visitor book from the Royal Bath Hotel. In true Victorian fashion Susan then took a break for an afternoon tea (or High Tea) on our terrace with beautiful views to the sea. Find out more about how to book an afternoon tea here

A Rich Collection of Victorian Paintings

One of the primary attractions of the Russell-Cotes Art Gallery and Museum is its extensive collection of Victorian paintings. Sir Merton and Lady Annie Russell-Cotes were avid art collectors, and their passion shines through in the diverse range of artworks on display. From celebrated British painters such as Dante Gabriel Rossetti and Frederic Leighton to works by lesser-known artists, the gallery boasts an impressive array of Victorian masterpieces. Each painting tells a story and offers a glimpse into the cultural and artistic movements of the time. View more of our collections here

Exploring Victorian Art and Culture

Beyond its collection of paintings, the Russell-Cotes Art Gallery and Museum provides a comprehensive exploration of Victorian art and culture. The museum showcases an eclectic mix of artifacts, including exquisite porcelain, intricate sculptures, intricate furniture, and decorative arts. Visitors can immerse themselves in the opulence and refinement of the Victorian era, gaining a deeper understanding of the social, political, and artistic dynamics that shaped this transformative period in history.

The Russell-Cotes’ Passion for Travel

In addition to their love for art, the Russell-Cotes couple had a profound passion for travel. This wanderlust is evident throughout the museum, as the rooms are filled with treasures and mementos from their journeys across the globe. Oriental and Middle Eastern influences are interwoven with the Victorian aesthetic, creating a unique and enchanting atmosphere. The museum thus becomes not only a celebration of Victorian art but also a testament to the adventurous spirit and cosmopolitan outlook of its founders.

Engaging Exhibitions and Events

The Russell-Cotes Art Gallery and Museum hosts a range of engaging exhibitions and events throughout the year. These temporary displays add depth and variety to the permanent collection, ensuring there’s always something new to discover. From talks and workshops to art installations and interactive experiences, visitors are invited to delve deeper into the world of Victorian art and its connections to contemporary culture. Find out more about what’s happening at the Russell-Cotes here

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Stepping into the Russell-Cotes Art Gallery and Museum is like embarking on a journey through time, where the opulence of the Victorian era is preserved in every brushstroke and artifact. This remarkable institution offers a unique opportunity to immerse oneself in the beauty, history, and culture of the period. Whether you are an art enthusiast, a history buff, or simply seeking an escape from the modern world, the Russell-Cotes Art Gallery and Museum is a must-visit destination that will leave you inspired, enlightened, and in awe of the Victorian era’s enduring artistic legacy.

If you would like to watch the full episode please follow the link here

For more information about opening times and booking tickets click here

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