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A Lichfield family which has been auctioneering in the city for seven generations has announced a long-term partnership with St Mary’s in the Market Square.
The “perfect” collaboration between Richard Winterton Auctioneers and The Guild Of St Mary’s – a registered charity – blends heritage, culture, education and entertainment, reflecting the ethos of both organisations slap bang in the beating heart of Lichfield city centre.
St Mary’s reopened at the end of last year following a £1.4million transformation which saw the Grade II* listed building incorporate Lichfield Library.
Richard Winterton Auctioneers will be showcasing a variety of fine art and other interesting objects in the upper floor exhibition space, contributing to themed displays and joint events.
A raft of free valuation events and special auctions are also in the pipeline.
Nick Sedgwick, chairman of St Mary’s trustees, said: “We are delighted with the arrangements, which will bring another strand to the offering within St Mary’s.
“Having the changing exhibition of articles for the fine arts sales will bring a new audience into the building and planned joint events will complement our core attractions.
“Soon the Silver Treasury will be open and our Photographic Archive will be available to view in the History Access Point.
“We have many events planned over the coming months, some jointly with Lichfield Library.
“We are recruiting volunteers to join us to – please contact us through the website. We have already held successful events in the performance space and lots more is planned in 2019.”
Full details of events at the venue are online at www.stmaryslichfield.co.uk.”
Richard Winterton said: “It is an absolutely perfect fit for us.
“The new look St Mary’s is just stunning – the moment I saw the redevelopment I was utterly captivated.
“It is a lovely space and we are proud and privileged to be a part of it.
“St Mary’s is a quintessential example of moving with the times to improve things for all while still retaining an absolute commitment to Lichfield. It perfectly echoes our ethos.
“We have more exciting plans for Lichfield which we’ll be announcing very soon.”
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