Tullie House Museum and Art Gallery

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Tullie House

The Tullie House Museum and Art Gallery is a museum in Carlisle, Cumbria, in England. Opened by the Carlisle Corporation in 1893, the original building is a converted Jacobean mansion, with extensions added when it was converted. At first the building contained the museum and also a library, an art school and a technical school.[1][2]

The building, including the extensions, is a Grade I listed building,[1] and the wall, gates and railings in front of the house are separately Grade I listed.[3]

The two schools were moved in the 1950s and the library in 1986. The museum expanded into the city Guildhall in 1980 and with new space available from 1986 it underwent an extensive redevelopment over 1989-90 and again in 2000-01.

The museum houses the Human History Collection, most notable for antiquities associated with Hadrian's Wall and the two Roman forts established in Carlisle, as well as a permanent exhibition dedicated to the Border Reivers. It also has large and eclectic collections of zoological, botanical and geological material, as well as fine and decorative arts collections. Paintings in the collection include works by Burne-Jones, Stanley Spencer, Winifred Nicholson, Sheila Fell and Phil Morsman.

Since May 2011 the museum has been an independent charitable trust, the Tullie House Museum and Art Gallery Trust.[4] It is one of the three members of the Cumbria Museum Consortium, along with Lakeland Arts and the Wordsworth Trust.[5] In 2012-15 and 2015-18 this consortium was one of the 21 museums or consortia (16 in the earlier period) to be funded by Arts Council England as "Major Partner Museums".[6]


  1. ^ a b Historic England. "Tullie House and Extensions, 15, Abbey Street (1297353)". National Heritage List for England. Retrieved 16 July 2015. 
  2. ^ "Tullie House and extensions: Detailed Record". Images of England. Historic England. 2007. Retrieved 2008-09-06. 
  3. ^ Historic England. "Wall, gates and railings in front of Tullie House, Abbey Street (1196978)". National Heritage List for England. Retrieved 16 July 2015. 
  4. ^ "About us". Tullie House Museum and Art Gallery Trust. Retrieved 16 July 2015. 
  5. ^ "Home page". Cumbria Museum Consortium. Retrieved 16 July 2015. 
  6. ^ Atkinson, Rebecca (1 July 2014). "ACE increases number of Major Partner Museums". Museums Journal. Museums Association. Retrieved 16 July 2015. 

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Coordinates: 54°53′43″N 2°56′26″W / 54.8952°N 2.9405°W / 54.8952; -2.9405