Holburne Museum

Legacy of a georgian gentleman

Client:      Holburne Museum

Following his family's naval tradition Sir William Holburne (1793-1874) was just eleven years of age when, as a midshipman, he took part in the Battle of Trafalgar. In 1916 the Grade I Listed eighteenth century Sydney House Hotel was purchased to accommodate Sir William Holburne’s collection and was to become The Holburne Museum. In 2007 the Museum was closed for three years while the building was refurbished and renovated. The Museum's Curator Amina Wright is on record as saying: "The central displays in our Ballroom Gallery are deliberately extravagant" and include silverware, porcelain and china collections; bronze statuettes and oil paintings hanging alongside the room's monumental windows and floor-to-ceiling balcony doors. In order to protect the exhibits from the harmful rays of the sun, Selectaglaze proposed a single hinged casement to each window incorporating anti-UV glazing. And to provide an acceptable level of security the windows incorporated a multi-point locking system accredited to "Secured by Design". Additional advantages were gained through the high level of sound insulation afforded by a double window system and the inclusion of a low emissivity coating to the glass.