No. 1 Royal Crescent first opened as a museum in 1970 thanks to Bernard Cayzer who bought the house and gave it to Bath Preservation Trust.  The original servants’ quarters were later purchased by Andrew Brownsword’s Charitable Foundation and re-connected, doubling the size of the museum. It has been decorated and furnished as it might have been during the period 1776-1796. The rooms feature historic furniture, pictures and objects that form the museum collection of No. 1 Royal Crescent. We are also very fortunate to have a number of objects on loan from private lenders as well as from the following institutions:

  • Bath Royal Literary and Scientific Institution
  • Holburne Museum, Bath
  • Lady Lever Art Gallery, National Museums and Galleries on Merseyside
  • National Portrait Gallery
  • National Trust
  • The Royal Bath and West of England Society
  • Tate
  • Temple Newsam House, Leeds City Council
  • Victoria and Albert Museum
  • Victoria Art Gallery, Bath and North East Somerset CouncilWorshipful
  • Company of Furniture Makers / The Frederick Parker Collection
  • Worshipful Company of Furniture Makers / The Frederick Parker Collection