Celebrations are underway at The Harley Gallery who have received more than 40,000 visitors to The Portland Collection just six months afters its opening.
Unveiled to the public on in March, The Portland Collection houses treasures assembled over 400 years by the Dukes of Portland and their families, including works by Michelangelo and Van Dyck.
The Harley Gallery has reported a 25 percent increase in visitors since The Portland Collection, which has also been named RIBA’S East Midlands Building of the Year, was launched.
Lisa Gee, director at The Harley Foundation, said: “The past six months has been a whirlwind with positive visitor reactions to The Portland Collection gallery as well as a whole host of architecture awards for the new building.
“We’ve seen lots of families through our doors, as well as visitors from across the UK and abroad including the Isle of Man, France and Thailand.
“With the new gallery it’s easy to while away a day in the courtyard – since it opened we’ve noticed visitors are travelling from further away and staying longer.”
Businesses on the estate have also been thriving with an increase in trade. The award-winning Welbeck Farm Shop, situated in the Courtyard at Welbeck, has reported an increase in sales since the opening of The Portland Collection with customers especially enjoying locally made Stichelton blue cheese.
Welbeck Farm Shop manager Oliver Stubbins said: “It’s been great to see new faces through our doors and especially nice to hear such positive feedback. It seems visitors are keen to not only look at the history of the estate, but also how it has transformed more recently, supporting local artists and artisan food producers.
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