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Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Kettle's Yard

Kettle's Window
Kettle's Window, a photo by lincoln_eye on Flickr.

This is the view onto Northampton St, Cambridge from the first floor of the modernist extension of Kettle's Yard.

Kettle's Yard
Kettle's Yard, a photo by lincoln_eye on Flickr.

Entry to Kettle's Yard is down the narrow passageway towards the right of the picture. This puts you into the lounge/dining area of the house in the centre of the picture. The walls are decorated with early 20th century artworks and sculptures are dotted around. There is also a minimal amount of furniture to make the place habitable.

Upstairs, the theme continues. But keep walking and this level rambles on, eventually opening into a large space - the upper floor of the modernist extension.

Throughout are artworks, sculptures, furniture and books (visitors are allowed to handle the books).

There is also a third level in the roof space of the house.

Kettle's Yard was the Cambridge home of Jim Ede and his wife Helen, created by knocking four cottages together in 1956. In 1966 Ede gave the house and collection to Cambridge University.

It combines the best of art gallery, library and historic house in a very relaxed and informal atmosphere.

Visitor numbers are limited so it's never crowded.

There are lots of helpful staff members on hand who can explain the artworks and the house to visitors.

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