What’s inside: Still life in the Usher Gallery

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Plans are underway to turn the Usher Gallery building into a wedding and events venue and move artwork to The Collection – which councillors argue is more suitable.

It has prompted a backlash from local protesters who have been telling people to visit the venue ‘before it’s too late’.

The Lincolnite sent a reporter to explore what the iconic building has to offer before any changes are agreed.

See inside the Usher Gallery with our video and explore the art work it has on display.

Lincolnshire County Council wants to move the majority of artwork over the road to The Collection.

The plans have sparked protests. Photo: Connor Creaghan for The Lincolnite

Heritage experts say the Usher Gallery “no longer meets the rigorous environmental and security standards” required to display valuable artwork.

Paintings and sculptures will still be in display in the venue, but many of the rooms would be used for registration, celebration and coroners services. 

The plans are part of the county council’s efforts to shakeup Lincolnshire’s heritage offering and save money.

But the city council currently owns the building and provides the lease to the county council.

Ric Metcalfe, the leader of City of Lincoln Council, told The Lincolnite they have made “no decision” on the Usher Gallery.

History of the Usher Galley

A businessman and philanthropist, James Ward Usher, left money to the city for the construction of the gallery after his death in 1921.

He also left his collection of clocks, watches and paintings which became the basis of the Usher Gallery’s collection.

It was officially opened in 1927 by the Prince of Wales after James Ward Usher’s death.