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“Very interesting collection of objects” 4 of 5 bubbles
Review of Kettle's Yard House and Gallery - CLOSED

Kettle's Yard House and Gallery
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Owner description: KETTLE'S YARD IS NOW CLOSED FOR A MAJOR REDEVELOPMENT, SEE THE WEBSITE FOR MORE INFORMATION. Kettle's Yard is a house with a permanent collection of early twentieth century works of art and a gallery presenting a changing programme of contemporary and modern art exhibitions. There is a lively programme of events including music and workshops.
Northampton
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74 reviews
30 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
“Very interesting collection of objects”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 28, 2013

Lovely colection of objects to view in their original setting. The cottage itself is quite small and full of very interesting pictures, pieces, books etc. The extension that the owner commisioned before moving away is all together more modern in feel and more spacious but just as full of interesting objects. Entry is free and it is well worth the short walk from the city centre to view this wonderful collection in it's original setting.

Visited January 2013
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London, United Kingdom
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87 reviews
25 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 45 helpful votes
“Amazing! Go for the afternoon.”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 19, 2013

A lovely set of adjoined cottages, filled with objects d'art, and open to wander around in. The history of the buildings is quite interesting and the staff are the best to tell it. Bring a book with you and relax on a couch after having a look around.

Visited March 2012
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London, United Kingdom
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152 reviews
50 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 82 helpful votes
“Charming and then some”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 17, 2013

Quote "Between 1958 and 1973 Kettle's Yard was the home of Jim and Helen Ede. In the 1920s and 30s Jim had been a curator at the Tate Gallery in London." It has been preserved in the state they left it - complete with furniture and artefacts. There are nooks and crannies and open spaces. We were treated to a clear winter sunset when the light streams into many of the rooms through special windows the Edes had installed.

At its heart must be the collection of 20th century British paintings - this must be a key collection and one can't help leaving feeling they are underrated and should be better known.

Last but not least the staff are enthusiastic and absolutely delightful.

Visited January 2013
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Cambridge, England, United Kingdom
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17 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
“Wonderful little place.”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 19, 2012

The gallery has a great variety of exhibits. The house itself is very special and has a really great selection of 20th Century art in a perfect setting.

Visited August 2012
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Kendal, United Kingdom
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234 reviews
81 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 99 helpful votes
“This is a Real-Life Tardis”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 12, 2012

The proprietors of Kettles Yard will hate this title! What I wish to convey is that in this tiny corner of Cambridge in this tiny house and exhibition area, your emotions will explode unexpectedly, your enchantment will expand beyond your expectations and your astonishment at what can be beautifully displayed in such a small space will amaze you.
We just went to see the relatively few paintings by Winifred Nicholson that were on display. The exhibition (to be closed shortly) was enthralling and very informative.
However, we then went across the path to the House. Unfortunately we did not leave ourselves enough time to absorb and appreciate it all. Another visit beckons.
I shall not spoil your own sense of surprise by describing much, but this is where the "Tardis effect" really takes hold of you. And it is all about, art, sculpture, room decoration, use of space and dfiferent perspectives.

Visited December 2012
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