Turner in Malmesbury

On the day that the new £20 note is launched featuring JMW Turner I wanted to say a huge ‘well done’ to my friends at Athelstan Museum Malmesbury on their successful fund-raising campaign to purchase a Turner watercolour of Malmesbury Abbey.

Malmesbury Abbey by JMW Turner
Malmesbury Abbey by JMW Turner

The purchase of the painting will be accompanied by a redesign of the museum’s mezzanine floor to create a suitable display area and a programme of audience activities and events inspired by the Turner.

Hot on the heels of saving and re-purposing the Moravian Church in the town, now open as The Rausing Building for events, exhibitions and activities, this purchase shows what can be achieved by a small 100% volunteer run museum if they set their minds to it.

Well done to all the team and keep aiming high!

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