Britten and Pears’ Rodin at Ipswich Museum

Britten and Pears’ Rodin at Ipswich Museum

Monday November 26 2018

Over the years Benjamin Britten and Peter Pears acquired over 1,400 pieces of artwork. It was Pears who was the more avid collector of the two and in 1958 he purchased the exquisite bronze maquette of a figure from Auguste Rodin’s Les Bourgeois de Calais, 1884. Les Bourgeois de Calais is perhaps Rodin’s most famous […]

Gustav Holst’s WWI with the Salonika Forces

Thursday November 15 2018

The Holst Birthplace Museum in Cheltenham is currently holding an exhibition commemorating 100 years since Gustav Holst was director of music for the troops in Salonika and Constantinople. Imogen Holst’s papers, held at the Britten-Pears Foundation, include letters, diaries and notebooks of her father, some of which are on loan to the Museum as part […]

Box of Delights: October 2018

Saturday October 20 2018

During the open season at The Red House the Britten-Pears Foundation’s Archive is open to the public. Once a month we select a box of interesting items from our collection to show to visitors, known as the Box of Delights. Anyone is welcome to see this box in the Archive, 1–5pm Tuesday – Friday. This […]

Box of Delights: September 2018

Friday September 28 2018

During the open season at The Red House the Britten-Pears Foundation’s Archive is open to the public. Once a month we select a box of interesting items from our collection to show to visitors, known as the Box of Delights. Anyone is welcome to see this box in the Archive, 1–5pm Tuesday – Friday. This […]

Winners of Suffolk Museums ‘Object of the Year’

Friday September 7 2018

We are pleased to announce that we have won this year’s Object of the Year competition. Organised by the Association for Suffolk Museums and voted by the general public, ‘Object of the Year’ is an opportunity for Suffolk’s many museums to showcase their collections. This year’s theme was ‘Hidden History’ with criteria ranging from objects […]

Collection update: August 2018

Thursday August 30 2018

Summer is the busiest time for visitors at The Red House, and the archive plays its full part in this, having hosted several hundred visitors in the weeks since the Aldeburgh Festival in June. However, we still find time for behind-the-scenes activity as well: cataloguing is constantly going on, to surface more and more of […]

Box of Delights: August 2018

Thursday August 16 2018

During the open season at the Red House the Britten-Pears Foundation’s Archive is open to the public. Once a month we select a box of interesting items from our collection to show drop in visitors, known affectionately as the Box of Delights. Anyone is welcome to see this box in the Archive between 1pm and […]

Box of Delights: July 2018

Thursday July 12 2018

During the open season at the Red House the Britten-Pears Foundation’s Archive is open to the public. Once a month we select a box of interesting items from our collection to show drop in visitors, known affectionately as the Box of Delights. Anyone is welcome to see this box in the Archive between 1pm and […]

Archiving the Nancy Evans and Eric Crozier collection

Thursday June 28 2018

Last month, I had the great privilege of joining the Britten-Pears Foundation team for a fortnight, undertaking a two-week cataloguing placement as the culmination of my Diploma in Archives and Records Management. Back in the early 1990s my then landlady introduced me to Britten’s music and I have been broadening my knowledge of it ever […]

Rita Thomson, nurse to Benjamin Britten

Saturday May 12 2018

‘Well, if you don’t take this [honour], I’ll never speak to you again!’ Rita Thomson’s response to Benjamin Britten’s slight diffidence about the offer of a life peerage, providing him with the title Baron Britten of Aldeburgh, in the County of Suffolk, in the early summer of 1976 was typically direct but undoubtedly tongue-in-cheek. The […]

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