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Sir Merton Russell-Cotes

Sir Merton Russell-Cotes (1835-1921) played a key role in the development of Bournemouth from 1880 to 1920. A typical Victorian entrepreneur, he used his wealth as a hotelier to amass a large collection of works of art and curios from all over the world and donated an impressive house East Cliff Hall and its contents to the people of Bournemouth. This became the Russell-Cotes Museum and Art Gallery as we know it today. This illustrated talk will consider the man - sometimes controversial - and his achievements.