The Merchant's House Marlborough

A glorious restoration of a 17th Century silk merchant's house

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Press Release
Friday 20th May 2022
 
The trustees of The Merchant’s House have today agreed to reopen the house after it was closed in mid-March. The decision follows a detailed inspection of the whole house by the Trust’s consultant architect and structural engineers, the first such survey for 20 years. The only significant problems they identified were slight movements in the Great Staircase and the two fireplaces in the Panelled Room, all of which had been observed earlier by Trust staff.
 
Props have been inserted to secure everything and ensure that visitors can once again enjoy the whole house. The architect and structural engineers are now designing permanent supporting fixtures which will be installed later this year. Trust staff are now planning the re-opening of the house for mid-June.
 
Alison Galvin-Wright, Chairman of the Board of Trustees, said “This two months closure has been unfortunate and we regret the inconvenience it has caused. But we have now got the green light to re-open the house and will be doing so very soon. We are most grateful to Marlborough Town Council and St Peter’s Trust for enabling us to relocate some of our regular programme of events.”
 
Kim Wakeham, Trust Manager, added. ”I am most grateful to all our staff and volunteers for their understanding and full co-operation during this unexpected experience. We are all keen to resume normal operations.”
 

We organise a wide variety of events in order to help increase knowledge as well as appreciation of the time in which The Merchant's House was built (1653).


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Set on the wide high street of the vibrant market town of Marlborough which is bursting with history and character is the house of Thomas Bayly.


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The aim of the shop is to provide presents for everyone! The stock is extremely varied to cater for all tastes and all profits go to back to the House fund.


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We welcome visits from schools, and have developed a morning programme which is informative and fun. Recommended age groups Y3 to Y7, for 5 to 36 children.


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We are looking for new Trustees - please follow this link for more information:  www.themerchantshouse.co.uk/news

BUNTING COMPETION! 
Would you like to help decorate The Merchant's House for the Jubille? More information here: https://www.themerchantshouse.co.uk/news

The Marlborough Museum, displaying items of local interest from the 18th century to the 1950s, has been set up as part of our commitment to the Town.


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