Northampton

Bassett - Lowke collection goes on show

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Chris and Barbara from The Friends of 78 Derngate were at Abington Park Museum, Northampton recently for their Collectors Day event.

Chris's huge collection of Bassett-Lowke catalogues - [ surely one of the largest such collections in the world ] - was of great interest and attracted a steady stream of visitors.

The day was a great success, helped along by many Friends supporters who stopped by, the presence of a great model railway layout from a fellow collector and substantial amounts of chocolate which sadly ran out too soon.

Further images from the day - and the chance to let us know about your own collection - are on our
Facebook.

It's official: we're excellent!

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We were delighted to learn that 78 Derngate has, once again, received a TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence.

The achievement celebrates organisations that have earned great reviews on TripAdvisor over the past year through continually delivering a quality customer experience.
"With the Certificate of Excellence, TripAdvisor honours hospitality businesses that have consistently received strong praise and ratings from travellers”, said Heather Leisman, Vice President of Industry Marketing, TripAdvisor.

TripAdvisor, which is the world's largest travel site, analyses the reviews and ratings posted by visitors. Organisations that consistently achieve a score of four or more out of five, qualify for the Certificate of Excellence. Because the rating system is entirely based on the independent reviews of visitors, the 2016 award for 78 Derngate is a much-cherished achievement which reflects the hard work of our dedicated team; the majority of whom volunteer their time and make the visitor experience consistently excellent.

Visit our TripAdvisor
page for more reviews.

On track at Northampton Station

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A 27metre-long mural detailing the history and culture of Northampton and Northamptonshire has been installed at Northampton’s new railway station.

The mural shows a timeline of events from ancient times to the 21st century and includes a section devoted to the town’s Cultural Quarter. Photographs of 78 Derngate, Charles Rennie Mackintosh and Mr and Mrs Bassett-Lowke feature alongside information about The Royal Theatre and Bassett-Lowke’s model engineering fame. Even more prominent will be Bassett-Lowke’s appearance on one of 10 new banners, each of which is dedicated to a figure who has helped shape the identity of the County of Northamptonshire. Mr Bassett-Lowke keeps company with, amongst others, Francis Crick, Sir Malcolm Arnold, Walter Tull, John Clare, Elizabeth Woodville and King John.