Claverton Manor American Museum

At first this seems an odd thing to find in Bath along your way on the Kennet and Avon and really it is, but whilst not British at all its an interesting combination of a British Manor and the only Museum of Americana outside the US.

It is well worth a look and in itself is quite a remarkable project and product of three friends work.

 

 

 

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The original project was the result of a partnership of three friends: Dr Dallas Pratt (an American psychiatrist and collector), John Judkyn (a British born antiques dealer, who had become a United States citizen) and Nick Bell Knight (a furniture restorer employed at nearby Freshford Manor, Judkyn’s business base in Britain).

It was a transatlantic alliance. Dallas Pratt and John Judkyn considered establishing a museum of Americana in Britain as early as 1956, after visiting several historic house and ‘living history’ museums in the United States.

Collecting for the museum began in 1958, facilitated by Judkyn’s business contacts – each piece testifying to the artistry of Americans and how these people had lived in the past. Panelling and floors were also shipped over to Britain, enabling period rooms from demolished buildings in America to be reconstructed within the spacious interiors of Claverton Manor.

 

Checkout what is on at Claverton on their website here

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