18 Stafford Terrace is probably not a familiar address to people in Lancashire, but the antique desks, Victorian dining chairs and other contents represent one of the finest Aesthetic Victorian interiors in existence, and on 16th May it will be put under the spotlight in the Museums at Night festival.
Museums at Night is a yearly after-hours heritage and culture event held at museums, galleries, heritage sites, libraries and other cultural venues across the UK. Organised by Culture24, with funding from the Arts Council, this year’s campaign will run from Thursday 16th to Saturday 18th May, showcasing the nation’s many cultural attractions through events like A Victorian Delight at 18 Stafford Terrace.
Today noted as the best enduring example of a late Victorian middle-class home in the UK, the museum was originally the home of artist, photographer and Punch cartoonist Edward Linley Sambourne, who moved there with his wife Marion in 1875. They set about furnishing and decorating their Italianate-style home in the fashionable Aesthetic style of the period, with stained glass windows, William Morris wallpapers, Liberty fabrics, and an endless range of Aesthetic and Victorian Revival furniture.
From its Hepplewhite Revival Victorian dining chairs, to its Japanese lacquered antique desk, a Victorian Delight is a rare opportunity for visitors to become the Sambourne’s guests for the evening, with Mrs Sambourne and her housekeeper demonstrating the art of Victorian manners, an artist sketching Punch-style caricatures, parlour music playing in the background and more.
Antique dealers in Lancashire have antique dining tables , Victorian mahogany pedestal desks and other furniture which epitomise the House Beautiful style.
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