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Rufus Bird | The Historic Houses Collections Award 2023

Rufus Bird | The Historic Houses Collections Award 2023

Rufus Bird | The Historic Houses Collections Award 2023

Dreweatts is delighted to once again to have sponsored the annual Historic Houses Collections Award. The award was introduced last year to honour the creators, owners, curators, researchers, and conservators who preserve, augment, restore and interpret the beautiful and significant objects on show inside historic houses up and down the country, enabling the public to understand and enjoy them and the stories they tell.

The winner of this year's award is Ushaw, Durham.

On the look-out not for the ‘best’ collection but rather for the most compelling story of custodianship, we drew upon five leading experts in the world of curating, collection and creation to judge the award, including Rufus BirdHaving previously worked at Christies in the furniture department, and as Surveyor of the Queen’s Works of Art at the Royal Collection, Rufus Bird is now an art advisor at Gurr Johns where he is Director of Decorative Arts and Heritage Collections, Europe. He assists clients of all types and budgets in the formation and/or sale of their collections. Here, Rufus tells us more about the importance of historic collections and judging this year's award.

Inline Image - Rufus Bird
Rufus Bird
Inline Image - Powderham Castle, Devon
Powderham Castle, Devon
Inline Image - Cragend Farm, Northumberland
Cragend Farm, Northumberland
Inline Image - Temple Newsam, Yorkshire
Temple Newsam, Yorkshire

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