Staff at the Russell-Cotes Art Gallery & Museum prepare to reopen after lockdown.

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Curator, Duncan Walker conducts one of the final room checks in the museum's Moorish Alcove. The Alcove was inspired by Merton and Annie's 1910 visit to 'The Alhambra', a Moorish Palace in Granada, Spain<br />
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Staff at the Russell-Cotes Art Gallery & Museum in Bournemouth prepare for reopening next week after the Coronavirus pandemic lockdown.<br />
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In 1907 husband and wife Merton and Annie Russell-Cotes donated East Cliff Hall and its contents including a fine art collection as a museum to the town of Bournemouth.  The couple travelled extensively visiting Australasia, America, India, the Near East, Egypt, the Pacific Islands and Japan, collecting artwork and souvenirs. <br />
After they died the Borough of Bournemouth managed East Cliff Hall before it opened as the Russell-Cotes Art Gallery and Museum in 1922.