The Minories is a Grade II listed building and gardens situated at the east end of High Street in Colchester, Essex, England, near Hollytrees, Gate House and Colchester Castle. It currently houses The Minories Galleries which are run by Colchester School of Art, part of Colchester Institute.
The house is believed to have been built in the Tudor period. In 1731 it was purchased by the baize manufacturer Isaac Boggis for £420. His son, Thomas Boggis, inherited the house, and employed an architect, probably John Alefounder (1732–1787) to remodel the building, turning parts of it into an elegant Georgian residence. The Boggis family lived in the house for almost 200 years. From 1821 to 1915 the building had several owners and tenants, one of whom was Dr. Becker, a general practitioner (GP) whose son, Harry Becker, lived there for a time while he learned his trade as a landscape painter and went on to become one of East Anglia's best known artists.
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Emily Bellenie | Apr 29, 2018
Went to see a film. Great auditorium except it was so uncomfortably hot. It has put me off going again which is a shame as I love the variety of this place. Staff are always very friendly and helpful. Great cafe and gift shop. Toilets are great. Free to get in but films are at a price although we did get a free poster of the film this time which was great. If they could sort out air conditioning in the auditorium it would be 5 stars.
Elaine Morrison | Apr 27, 2018
Fab place to visit, always something new to experience. Cafe for a quick coffee or lunch. The shop stocks art work and cards by The Quirky Artist, a Colchester artist, her original lino prints of Colchester Castle! Beautiful. And pointillism art as well. Worth a look!
Have a Hobby | Feb 19, 2018
Such a shame, a building with so much potential of such a great size, yet it holds little. The cinema inside is one of the best things going for it. As for work on display there are very little. For the monumental cost of the structure you would hope it housed a decent display of pictures unfortunately this is not the case. Great cafe, the Roman mosaic is fascinating. There are much better art galleries nearby.
Jeremy Warren | May 11, 2018
This place is a hidden treasure in Colchester. Always something interesting going on. Whether cinema or art exhibition, or music or, well, loads and loads of other stuff, it's never dull. Keep an eye out as things happen fast. It is becoming a major hub in the town. I don't think this was the original intention of the building but it has diversified to great effect.
John Lewis | Apr 30, 2018
Poor. Load of rubbish. Know art is a matter of conjecture. Surely an art gallery can do better than this. My 3rd visit and never been impressed yet. Other galleries normally have something to grab your attention
mark folkard | Jun 5, 2018
Amazing resource in Colchester. There is always something going on here, something for those aged 1 - 100. My children have grown up there and enjoyed the numerous events they have attended, almost since birth.
Wendy Buck | Jul 2, 2018
This huge gallery had 1 tiny exhibition on, thank goodness I didn't have to pay to get in, otherwise I'd have demanded my money back ! The toilets were filthy and stunk of sewage and in the ladies the stall doors are frosted glass from top to bottom which leaves nothing to the imagination ! Who honestly thought that was a good design idea ? While having refreshments I noticed that it seems to be run as some sort of glorified community center, all galleries now have some sort of community involvement but this was ludicrous. The building is an embrassment and as an MA art graduate I can't believe how appalling the venue is, quite honestly go to Ipswich and visit Christ Church Mansion you'll have a far superior experience !
cyn git | Jul 29, 2018
Attended an art-fair and food event, the venue and public spaces are excellent. Some standing exhibition material was well curated and presented.
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