Antiques Roadshow legend and Patron of 78 Derngate Eric Knowles was in the house today. We invited him back to reshoot our tour video. The original was shot 10 years ago and needed updating. Eric filmed in the kitchen, dining room, hall/lounge, guest bedroom and at the rear of the house. He was in fine spirit and is still emphatic about 78 Derngate being an extraordinary house. Eric is a good friend to 78 Derngate, mentioning us often when he lectures. Visitors will be able to see the new video at the start or end of their tour. Video production by J motion.
We were delighted, in December, to receive a generous donation from Ruth I Johns who was the daughter of Gilbert Thomas; a lifelong friend of W.J Bassett-Lowke (patron of Charles Rennie Mackintosh and former owner of 78 Derngate). Mr Thomas, fittingly, had an amazing model railway layout featuring several Bassett-Lowke items. He was also the author of a book entitled "Paddington to Seagood – The Story of a Model Railway" in which his friend W.J is featured. Pictured here are Mr and Mrs Ellison who kindly travelled, on behalf of Ms Johns, from their Derbyshire home to present a Bassett-Lowke passenger coach, guards’ van, coal shed building and track / buffer section to us. These great items are now on display at 78 Derngate and available for free public viewing.