Letchworth Museum and Art Gallery has a varied art collection. This includes a large collection of paintings, prints and drawings by the artist William Ratcliffe, a member of the Camden Town Group. There are over 100 oil paintings, mainly from the 19th and 20th centuries.
Letchworth Naturalists Society founded Letchworth Museum in 1914. The Curator in the 1950s developed the art collection. He wanted the museum to become a centre for the arts, and added a purpose-built art gallery in 1960. The collection was initially quite eclectic. It now includes works connected with the local area of North Hertfordshire, such as some First World War pastels by Neville Lytton. Over the past 50 years the collection has grown through donations by local people, and grant-aided purchases.
Paintings in the collection include: 'Letchworth, the Road' by Spencer Gore, 'The Studio Interior' by William Ratcliffe and 'Letchworth Common Bandstand' by Gordon House.
Letchworth Museum and Art Gallery is currently closed to the public as they prepare for a new museum to open in 2014. The collection can still be contacted with any queries about the paintings, and they also offer behind the scenes tours on a monthly basis. Please visit the collection's website for further information.