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History of the house
Kettle's Yard was originally conceived with students in mind. In 1954 Jim
Ede envisaged creating 'a living place where works of art could be
enjoyed . . . where young people could be at home unhampered by the greater
austerity of the museum or public art gallery.'
In 1956 Jim and Helen came to Cambridge in search of a 'stately home'. What
they found instead were four tumbledown cottages nestling beneath the ancient
church of St Peter. With the help of architect Roland Aldridge, Ede restored
and substantially remodelled them.
Jim Ede kept 'open house' every afternoon of term, personally guiding his
visitors around his home. In 1966 he gave the house and its contents to the
University of Cambridge. In 1970, three years before the Edes retired to Edinburgh,
the house was extended, and an exhibition gallery added, both to the design
of the architects Sir Leslie Martin and David Owers.
Kettle's Yard, Castle Street, CambridgeCB3 0AQUK +44 (0)1223 748100
open Tuesday-Sunday and Bank Holiday Mondays
House: 12-5pm, Gallery: 11.30am-5pm Full opening times