Gillows of Lancaster: A Global Story

Close up of Waring and Gillow workers in workshop

A new gallery at Judges' Lodgings, Lancaster explores the story of famous cabinetmaker Gillows of Lancaster and London. From humble beginnings making cabinets and coffins in Lancaster, the company grew to work at the height of British furniture design.

Experience a fresh vision of their work and the people involved, from the Gillow family and customers, to enslaved Africans in the Caribbean, young apprentices and generations of skilled makers in Lancaster.

The new gallery aims to further knowledge of the history, design, production, distribution and use of Gillows' furniture. Highlights on display include the Lady's Workbox, Lady's Worktable, Worswick clock, Richard Gillow's personal book collection and Gillows' first trade card.

Museum manager, Lynda Jackson said:

"The museum has the largest collection of Gillows furniture on public display anywhere in the world. The new gallery now contains historic features that have been revealed during restoration and we are including objects that have never been on display including historic books signed by Richard Gillows."

The project has been supported by the Regional Furniture Society and Art Fund.

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