78 Derngate Centenary Project

In March 2017 it was exactly 100 years since the newly married Mr and Mrs Bassett-Lowke moved into their "charming and up-to-date miniature residence" - no 78 Derngate, Northampton. Designed and remodelled for them by Charles Rennie Mackintosh, the house was a stunning showcase for the architect's avant-garde designs - realised against the challenging conditions of The FIrst World War. It became his last major architectural project and was the only house he designed in England.

During 2017 we marked our Centenary with a special programme of events and a landmark exhibition during February, March and April. Both were developed by a team of 78 Derngate volunteers, lead by our Project Curator and advised by leading Mackintosh experts to celebrate this historic milestone.

This page contains information about our Centenary Project which is now in its legacy phase. There are opportunities for everyone to join us in commemorating our special anniversary online and to contribute to our online archive.

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We are gathering information about life in Northampton town during WW1. Specifically, we want to know as much as possible about the residents of Derngate and the surrounding roads. Do you have family memories, connections or photographs that you could share? Please get in touch - send your details using the form on this page and we'll contact you.

Centenary Day
Thankyou to all who joined us for our Centenary Day on Tuesday 21st March 2017 - it was an honour and pleasure to welcome so many to mark an historic day. Visit our Flickr to access all of the photos taken on the doorstep on the day for our Centenary Album. These can be freely downloaded. If you would care to send us your name for the archives we will add it to the photo - be a part of history! [ Please use the form on this page to send us your details with the link to your photo ].

Archival website
Our online Centenary Archive is now live and can be accessed below. To open in a completely new window click here.

Get social with 78 Derngate

78 Derngate is located at the end of Derngate. Walk away from the town centre past The Royal and Derngate theatres and towards Beckett's Park.