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1 of 3  Sat 4th Jul 2015 1:29pm  
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I think I've read most of the threads on this site over the past year and cannot remember a mention of any pre-war art galleries or museums in Coventry. Did we have them? If so, where were they?
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2 of 3  Sat 4th Jul 2015 1:47pm  
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The Herbert was first being built in 1939, so perhaps we did nt have any unless the council had a hidden store of our history.
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3 of 3  Sat 4th Jul 2015 2:24pm  
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Wikipedia Oh my says: Museums in Coventry before the Herbert included the museum of the Coventry City Guild and the Benedictine Museum**, opened by J. B. Shelton in the 1930s. However, Coventry City Council's collection of art treasures and museum pieces were housed in various buildings and so the council acquired a half acre site over a number of years costing £35,375. In 1938 the philanthropist Sir Alfred Herbert donated £100,000 to the Corporation to erect a Gallery and Museum on the site. Plans were drawn up by the Leicester architect Albert Herbert, a cousin of Sir Alfred, and building began the following year. The city's destruction during the Coventry Blitz meant construction was suspended with only the basement completed. City architect Donald Gibson's radical rebuilding plan for Coventry city centre became War time propaganda for the post-war reconstruction of Britain. But, Post-war economies required Gibson to concentrate on a building programme for the suburbs. Completion of the first building under his plan was delayed until 1953. New plans for the museum were drawn up in 1952 By the Leicester architects, Albert Herbert & Son, and in May 1954 the foundation stone was laid by Herbert, who also donated a further £100,000 to the project. Herbert died in May 1957, and the museum and art gallery that bears his name was opened on 9 March 1960 by his third wife Lady Herbert. ** This ought to say that it was "created" by JBS rather than "opened" - see this item from the main Historic Coventry site Thumbs up
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