FRIENDS OF THE AMERICAN MUSEUM IN BRITAIN
Friends of the American Museum in Britain engages Americans in the museum's mission of bringing American history and cultures to the people of Britain and Europe through its collection of folk and decorative arts, as well as temporary exhibits. Friends of the American Museum in Britain and the Halcyon Foundation provide a vital source of financial support to the museum through US memberships and donations.
FRIENDS OF AMIB AT A GLANCE
A Bit of Background
The American Museum in Britain showcases American traditions through collections of folk and decorative arts. As the only museum of Americana outside the United States, it was originally founded to bring American history and cultures to the people of Britain and Europe.
Friends of the American Museum in Britain provide vital funding to the Museum, allowing them to acquire and preserve objects in their collections. In return for their membership subscription, members receive a range of benefits that bring them closer to the museum.
The American Museum in Britain
Founded in 1961, The American Museum in Britain showcases American traditions through collections of folk and decorative arts. As the only museum of Americana outside the United States, it was originally founded to bring American history and cultures to the people of Britain and Europe.
The American Museum in Britain relies on generous support of its friends in order to mount new exhibitions, care for priceless collections, and run a considerable country house and a 125 acre estate. Friends of the American Museum in Britain provides a vital source of financial support for the museum.
Notables explain why they rate the Museum so highly
LOOK WHO SUPPORTS THE MUSEUM...
Textile Designer and Artist
"I have been visiting the American Museum since the early 1960s and have always been inspired by its wonderful historic textile collection, especially the many bold and beautiful quilts on display. This internationally renowned collection of superlative quilts is not only a fantastic collection of art and craft, but also a source of inspiration for all artists and generations of artists to come."
SIR CHRISTOPHER MEYER
Former British Ambassador to the United States
"The American Museum in Britain opens a window on the United States to reveal a world at one and the same time intimately familiar to the British eye and yet already acquiring the characteristics of a separate and sometimes alien nation. Through a superb collection of decorative art from the colonial era and early years of independence, Claverton Manor enlightens the curious visitor and deeply satisfies the historian."
Author and Patron
"The textile collection at the American Museum is a stunner. I went to see it when I was researching my novel The Last Runaway, which features 19th-century quilt making. It helped me to see American quilts up close, and I was astonished at the quality of the collection. We are lucky to have at hand such a wide range of beautifully made quilts."
Journalist, Author, and Patron
"I have delighted in the American Museum for thirty years and love its eclectic mix of objects, furniture and works of art. It is impossible to imagine anybody not enjoying a visit, whatever their age or interests. The house and setting are magnificent, the welcome from knowledgeable staff and volunteers always warm. What’s more, the changing exhibition programme and unusual (often light-hearted) events make the American Museum a venue worth visiting again and again. Truly it is a jewel in Britain’s crown and a living testimony to the ‘special relationship’ which means so much to all those who (like me) love the peoples and cultures of the United States."
Award-Winning Garden Historian
"What a wonderful gem the American Museum in Bath is – and what a surprise. Nestled in England’s green and rolling landscape it’s a slice of Americana. Wander from period rooms to folk art, and then step into George Washington’s gardens at Mount Vernon. Marvellous."
PUBLICATIONS FOR PURCHASE
The Halcyon Foundation has numerous publications available for purchase.
Growing Up Bookish: An Anglo-American Memoir
Richard Wendorf has been an innovative institutional leader ever since he took on his first professional directorship, at Harvard, in the late 1980s. In this lively and elegantly written memoir, he charts the unpredictable and often serendipitous ways in which he moved beyond his Midwestern upbringing and made his mark first as a student, then as a scholar and teacher, and finally as the director of three prestigious - and very different - institutions: the Houghton Library, the Boston Athenaeum, and the American Museum in Britain.
Dallas Pratt: A Patchwork Biography
Dallas Pratt (August 21, 1914 - May 20, 1994) was an American psychiatrist, animal rights campaigner and founder of the American Museum in Britain.
Friends of the American Museum in Britain and the Halcyon Foundation provide a vital source of financial support to the museum through US memberships and donations. US citizens can make a tax deductible contribution to the American Museum in Britain through the Halcyon Foundation which is a 501(c)(3) organization.