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 […]

December 2017 Object of the Month

Wednesday December 6 2017

Every month, a member of staff from the Britten-Pears Foundation choose their favourite item or object from the collections. This month Abigail Williams, our Archive Graduate Trainee contributes: ‘Nigel Luckhurst’s photograph of Sylvia Townsend Warner and Peter Pears’ hands clasped illustrates a friendship between the two formed late in their lives, glimpses of which can […]

John Craske catalogue

Wednesday November 15 2017

We have just finished cataloguing the archive of John Craske, a Norfolk artist. We recently featured one of Craske’s works as our object of the month, which you can read more about here. Originally a fisherman, Craske (1881–1943) was diagnosed with a brain abscess when he was 36 and was confined to bed for much […]

October 2017 Object of the Month

Thursday October 12 2017

Every month, a member of staff from the Britten-Pears Foundation choose their favourite item or object from the collections. This month Charlotte Flight, Front of House and Communications Assistant chooses Tired Horse by Georg Ehrlich as her object of the month. ‘Georg Ehrlich’s Tired Horse sits proudly in the Library and is a favourite of mine and […]

September 2017 Object of the Month

Monday September 4 2017

Every month, a member of staff from the Britten-Pears Foundation choose their favourite item or object from the collections. This month Collections and Learning Curator, Joe Carr chooses Two Boats and a Lightship embroidery by John Craske as his object of the month. ‘This object is an important piece of local and social history and […]

August 2017 Object of the Month

Friday August 11 2017

Every month, a member of staff from the Britten-Pears Foundation choose their favourite item or object from the collections. This month Head of Finance Keith Nicholls selects the painting Footballers by Diana Cumming. He says: ‘This large painting was purchased by Peter Pears in 1954 and it was created for the previous year’s “Football and […]

Celebrating Sidney Nolan

Wednesday April 19 2017

As part of the celebration marking the centenary of Sidney Nolan the Britten-Pears Foundation are pleased to reproduce this article that Donald Mitchell and Philip Reed wrote as an addendum to Sidney Nolan’s obituary in the Independent in December 1992. It focussed on Nolan’s friendship with Britten. Nolan first visited Aldeburgh in 1950, when he […]

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