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2017 season celebrations

As 2017 draws to a close, we are reflecting over another very successful season at Paxton House. With many highlights throughout the year it is difficult to narrow it down to only a few.

The trust celebrated it 25th anniversary in June, which was a enjoyed by hosting an afternoon tea in our Marquee overlooking the River Tweed. Restoration of the waterwheel site and beam pump began with funding from HLF, BCCF Environmental (Scottish Borders Council) and Fallago Environmental Fund. Four luxury glamping units were erected throughout the year which allow guests to relax and unwind with idyllic views down to the river. Music at Paxton celebrated another highly successful year with a week of chamber music in our Picture Gallery in July. The Paxton House team enjoyed their first Summer Fayre in August with overwhelming support from the general public. Paxton House was awarded Recognised status by Museums Galleries Scotland, on behalf of the Scottish Government, for their Nationally Significant Collection of furniture by Thomas Chippendale the Elder and Younger and by William Trotter (and its associated archives). We helped several couples celebrate their wedding day with the picturesque background of Paxton House and it’s gorgeous grounds. All of this was topped off with a record breaking Christmas Cracker where we had an incredible turn out over the two day event.

Looking forward to 2018 we are excited to keep all of the events and exhibitions running that we started and continued in 2017 with some wonderful new additions. We will be celebrating Chippendale 300 (Thomas Chippendale’s 300 anniversary of birth) with a fantastic exhibition of his work from June 5th to August 29th with loans from private and public collections. There will also be a series of lectures by Chippendale experts and furniture masterclasses over the summer. The waterwheel will be opening to the public at the start of the season once the renovations are complete. This is a very exciting project which shows how large stately homes like Paxton House used to get clean water before the mains supply was created. We will also have a brand new schedule of Children’s activities and adventure trails running to keep your little ones entertained throughout the year.

A massive thank you from the Paxton House trustees, management, employees and volunteers for all your support throughout the 2017 season, we look forward to welcoming you back again in 2018. It is fantastic to hear your feedback so please let us know what you thought of your visit by leaving us a TripAdvisor or Facebook review.


Paxton House Christmas Cracker

The Paxton House Christmas Cracker is one of the final public events of 2017.  This year was one of the biggest crackers that we have ever had and it was a wonderful start to the festive season for all who attended.

We had over 60 food, gift and craft stalls spread throughout the main rooms of the house. The house was filled with gorgeous decorations and Christmas trees and we had all the fires roaring. We enjoyed entertainment from the Golden Square Singers and the Norham Brass Band. They played lovely christmas carols which filled the house and courtyard with christmas spirit.

Santa visited the house to hear what all the children would like for Christmas Day. There were also fun and festive craft activities for the children running throughout the day in the Education room. The Stables Tearoom put on a delicious spread of festive treats for everyone to enjoy throughout the day.

The next Christmas Cracker will be on the 1st and 2nd of December 2018.

Paxton House National Recognition Award

Paxton House was awarded Recognised status yesterday by Museums Galleries Scotland, on behalf of the Scottish Government, for their Nationally Significant Collection of furniture by Thomas Chippendale the Elder and Younger and by William Trotter (and its associated archives). This newly Recognised collection is one of only 49 in Scotland and is a fantastic achievement for Paxton House in the Scottish Borders. The Trotter collection is the largest publicly accessible collection of his work in the world and the Chippendale collection is amongst the eight largest documented collection of the firm’s furniture in the UK and worldwide.

The comprehensive collection was created with the highest quality craftsmanship by Scotland’s most important cabinet maker, William Trotter, and by the internationally famous design and cabinetmaking firm of Thomas Chippendale, commissioned for Paxton House between 1774 and 1815. It contains many rare and unique items. The history of art and design can be studied through the changing styles of furniture including the late Rococo, Neo-classical designs with some French and Greek influences- and the Greek revival styles. It is integral to the social, cultural, and economic history of Scotland and to the international history of art and design.

Key pieces include the unique mahogany secretaire, the painted suite of bedroom furniture, and large pier glasses for the stunning Drawing Room, and the magnificent sideboard suite by Chippendale. The outstanding Trotter furniture includes a set of marble topped rosewood tables and a unique picture viewing sofa made for the Picture Gallery.

Ray Macfarlane, Chair of the Recognition Committee, said:

“Scotland’s Recognised Collections are some of the most interesting and diverse collections our country has to offer. I am delighted to welcome the internationally important Chippendale and Trotter Furniture Collection at Paxton House onto this list of Scotland’s must-see collections.”

Ian Marrian, Chairman of The Paxton Trust said:

“The Trustees of the Paxton Trust, and our Curator, Dr Fiona Salvesen Murrell, were thrilled to receive this accolade for our outstanding collection of Chippendale and Trotter furniture which is housed in a beautiful Adam designed mansion situated in extensive grounds on the banks of the River Tweed.  We would be delighted to welcome more visitors to explore the treasures held by the Trust which also include wonderful paintings, 18th century costume, and decorative arts. It was particularly pleasurable to receive the award at the same time as the Scottish Regimental Museum Collection held by the Association of Scottish Military Museums which includes the King’s Own Scottish Borderers Regimental Museum.”

Having achieved Nationally Significant status for the collection, Paxton House is now focusing upon improving the access both to our visitors to the house and online with a specific focus on schools, families, tourists, and community outreach.

Joanne Orr, CEO of Museums Galleries Scotland, said:

“The Nationally Significant Collections reflect centuries of commitment to conserving and interpreting our past. Over its 10 year history, the Recognition Scheme has sought to improve the accessibly and longevity of the collections, as well as the long term sustainability of the organisations that hold them. The scheme is dynamic, and as our ideas of what’s important and significant continues to evolve, so too will Scotland’s Recognised Collections.”

Recognition will benefit our partnership with the Chippendale 300 Festival; a nationwide celebration of the tercentenary of Thomas Chippendale the Elder’s birth in 2018 . Paxton House will be holding a special Chippendale exhibition: The Paxton Style, ‘Neat & Substantially Good’: Chippendale furniture at Paxton House, its influences and legacy’, from the 5th of June to the 28th of August 2018. This exhibition will highlight the Paxton Style of Chippendale furniture, a significant element of the master cabinetmaker’s work with loans from private and public collections. There will be a series of lectures by Chippendale experts, furniture masterclasses, and family activities over the summer. The Paxton House team welcomes groups to visit and explore the house and the collections on display.

Understated Perfection Merlo, Macclesfield
Wonderfully Lovely Mac, Leeds
"Scottish treat" Joanna C
“Wonderful Day”
A house with a lot of character, and in very good condition. “Excellent tour”
Paxton House has a beautiful interior. “Lovely Day Out”
Called into Paxton house for coffees and cakes - superb! “Wonderful place to go “
Great house the tour was excellent, staff could not be more helpful or friendly. Cafe is a must to visit to. Garden very nice even in November and a good play area to keep the kids happy. “Should be top of the list of places to visit”
Very friendly staff at lovely pace to visit, the grounds are good and the tour of the house very interesting, good kids playground and cafe too. “Worth a look…”