‘An important Victorian Room’ at Hospitalfield House
Collections Care Audit of the collections at Hospitalfield House as part of a Museum Accreditation application (work in progress).
Hospitalfield House and Collections
Hospitalfield House is an early Arts & Crafts building situated in Montrose on the east coast of Scotland. It was created by the artist Patrick Allan and his wife Elizabeth Fraser, and includes what is considered one of Scotland’s most important Victorian rooms, the Picture Gallery. The house contains a collection of fine art, furniture and textiles. Following the terms of their bequest in 1902 the building became an art school and later a post graduate residential college, and became an important home and/or place of study for the early Scottish Modern painters including James Cowie, Robert Colquhoun, Robert MacBryde, and Joan Eardley.
The Collections Care Audit involved an assmessment of the collections on display and in storage, and identified priorities for the preservation and care of the collections, including the development of budgets, policy documents, environmental control and monitoring, housekeeping, events management, and rationalisation of the stores.