Richmond Council

Orleans House gets boost to renovation funding

Orleans House Trust has bagged £8,000 from the Tesco Bags of Help initiative to contribute towards the fund for the redevelopment of the Gallery in Twickenham.

The supermarket has teamed up with Groundwork on its Bags of Help initiative which sees grants raised directly through the 5p bag levy being awarded to environmental projects.

Shoppers were encouraged to flock to their local Tesco store to vote on a shortlist on who should take the grant over two weeks in November.

Orleans House Gallery triumphed as the winner after thousands of votes and will receive the sum towards their £3.6 million project.

Works include the refurbishment and extension of the main Gallery building and its immediate setting and includes:

  • The full restoration of the Grade 1 listed Octagon Room,
  • New and improved facilities in the west wing of the Gallery,
  • New accessible entrance with lift to upper floors,
  • New reception and gift shop,
  • An upper floor extension which will provide additional spaces for a new study gallery, enlarged picture store, workshop and training room.

Lord True, Leader of the Council and Chairman of the Orleans House Trust, said:

“Big thank you to everyone who voted for Orleans House Gallery over the past two weeks. The Transforming Orleans House project will increase access to the history of Orleans House and the Richmond Borough Art Collection. It will restore the Octagon Room back to its former splendor for the future enjoyment of everyone who lives, works and visits the borough.

“The development work has now started, but as Tesco says ‘Every Little Helps’.”


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