Welcome to the Victor Batte-Lay Foundation

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The Victor Batte-Lay Foundation holds a varied and extensive art collection, which all together gives a powerful insight into East Anglian culture. The collection includes some well-known and prominent artists, such as Constable, Pissaro and Nash, as well as local artists such as Maggi Hambling.

Who was Victor Batte-Lay?

Formerly known as Clarence Victor Lay, Victor Batte-Lay was born in Colchester, Essex, in 1865 and went on to become a local dignitary. He was an avid collector of furniture and established the Victor Batte-Lay Trust. When he passed away his wife, Margaret Eleanore Batte-Lay, continued to take care of the collection for another 20 years before directing her trustees to provider a building in Colchester to house the unique collection. The organisation now has charitable status and is the Victor Batte-Lay Foundation.

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The Colchester Collection

The collection of artistic works is a celebration of Colchester’s creative past and is something every local resident and visitor can be proud of. There are very few collections in the world with a similar local focus, and this one is a cornerstone of our town’s heritage. Victor Batte-Lay grew up, went to school in Colchester and returned again in his adult life, making the Victor Batte-Lay Foundation collection a valuable treasure in our county’s crown.

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  • Exhibition of The Victor Batte-Lay Collection

      Great News! A selection of artworks from our collection will be on display at Layer Marney Tower. The exhibition will be opening on Friday 18th August. Please find more information about the event below, you are all welcome to join us.   The Victor Batte-Lay Foundation and all at Layer Marney Tower ...

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