Acting U.S Ambassador visits the American Museum

November 6, 2017 -

Acting United States Ambassador visits the American Museum in Britain

On Friday 5 May, acting U.S Ambassador Lew Lukens visited the American Museum in Britain as part a two day visit to Bristol and Bath.

The United States Ambassador to the United Kingdom is the official representative of the President and the Government of the United States of America. Mr Lukens serves as Chief Operating Officer of the U.S. Mission to the United Kingdom.

He enjoyed a tour of the museum’s permanent collection and current exhibition, 1920’s Jazz Age: Fashion & Photographs given by Chief Curator Kate Hebert and Museum Director Dr Richard Wendorf.

Dr Wendorf said, ‘We were delighted to receive Mr Lukens as part of his whistle-stop visit to the South West. As the UK’s only museum of Americana outside of the United States, it’s always a great privilege for us to share our common heritage and build on the special relationship our two countries have and explain the Museum’s mission, surrounded as we are by the beautiful Bath skyline.

During his visit to the American Museum, Mr Lukens said, ‘I was delighted to visit the American Museum during my first official trip to Bath. The exhibits are an excellent example of America’s diverse cultural heritage.  Backed by the passion and enthusiasm demonstrated by the dedicated staff and volunteers, I’m sure the museum will continue to inspire its visitors to better understand American history and culture.’

The American Museum in Britain opened to the public at Claverton Manor near Bath in 1961 with the aim of showcasing the achievements of Americans in the decorative arts and promoting Anglo-American understanding. It is the only museum outside the United States to showcase the decorative arts of America. The permanent collection includes more than two hundred historic American quilts, exceptional pieces of Shaker furniture, Native American objects, and two hundred historical maps of the New World starting from the twelfth century and stretching through the Renaissance.  The museum also has the most significant collection of American folk art in Europe.  Visitors can also explore the extensive grounds, which include an arboretum of American trees.


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