Exhibition of The Victor Batte-Lay Collection

Exhibition of The Victor Batte-Lay Collection


Great News!

A selection of artworks from our collection will be on display at Layer Marney Tower.

The exhibition will be opening on Friday 18th August.

Please find more information about the event below, you are all welcome to join us.


The Victor Batte-Lay Foundation and all at Layer Marney Tower 
are delighted to invite you to
the Launch of an Exhibition of Art from
The Victor Batte
Lay Foundation Collection 
on Friday 18th August 6.30pm
at the Corsellis Room, Layer Marney Tower, Essex CO5 9US

RSVP: [email protected]  

Layer Marney Tower is delighted to open up two rooms for the long term display of  45 pictures from the Victor Batte-Lay Foundation collection. These rooms will be part of the regular route on a Tower visit and can be made available for private use as well. If you are unable to come on this evening, please see our website for opening times and come as a visitor.

The Victor Batte-Lay Foundation Collection includes works by internationally celebrated artists with local connections and this exhibition will include works from
Ted Atkinson, Edward Bawden, John  Moore, Camille Pissarro, Michael Rosenstein, Valerie  Thornton, John Vine, Peter Coker, Maggi Hambling  and Henry Collins. This is the first time so many of the pictures have been on show since the 2012 ‘Art for Colchester’ exhibition at The Minories Galleries

Colchester born Clarence Victor Batte-Lay was an avid collector of paintings and furniture.  On the death of his wife Margaret, in 1955, her will directed that “an ancient building of antiquarian or archaeological interest” be bought in her late husband’s memory, to house and exhibit his collection “for the benefit and advantage of the inhabitants of Colchester”. The Minories on the High Street was bought and the Victor Batte-Lay Foundation collection was displayed there, before being stored in the Borough Museum resource centre. Since 2008 The Colchester Institute School of Art have been the leasehold custodians of The Minories Galleries.

Layer Marney Tower, Nr. Colchester, Essex CO5 9US
01206 330784