We were delighted to welcome two Nottingham champions of art and culture to Nottingham Castle today.

On 9 August, British textile manufacturer and collector Sir Harry Djanogly and sought-after contemporary artist, master potter and renowned author Edmund de Waal CBE, joined us for their first look at their contributions to Nottingham Castle.

Sir Harry Djanogly stands in front of his contributions to Nottingham Castle's Art GallerySir Harry, a generous patron and benefactor of the arts, championed the creation of Nottingham Castle Trust and donated essential funds to the Early Nottingham Craft Gallery which includes the Castle’s exceptional medieval alabaster sculptures and highlights the city’s innovation in salt-glazed stoneware. Today was his first chance to experience the Gallery which is dedicated to his late wife, Lady Carol Djanogly. As a passionate art collector, Sir Harry has also loaned two significant pieces by Nottingham artist Arthur Spooner – The Goose Fair and Market Place.

“The Gallery is magnificent; it’s better than I could have ever imagined. The journey to create the Trust started over 20 years ago and what they have managed to achieve has far exceeded my expectations. I’m very excited for Nottingham. I’ll definitely be visiting again and bringing my grandchildren along to enjoy it too.” – Sir Harry Djanogly

Sir Harry Djanogly and Edmund de Waal CBE look at collectionsSir Harry was accompanied by friend and fellow-Nottinghamian Edmund de Waal who donated an installation of his own ceramic work to the newly renovated Art Gallery.

“It’s very moving to come back here as this was the very first museum that I ever visited as a child. The Castle is woven into memories from my young life and it’s fantastic to see this beautiful, powerful, and ambitious transformation. It’s now a museum for generations of other children and will inspire them to begin their creative lives.” – Edmund De Waal

Find out more about our Creative Galleries and the collections within them here.