The Hambledon Gallery is opened by Amabel York at number 42 Salisbury Street, Blandford as an artists’ meeting place.
Artist, Katharine Church (Kitty West) takes over and shows work by well known British artists including Henry Moore, Cecil Beaton, Julian Trevelyan, Mary Fedden, Elisabeth Frank and Keith Vaughan.
Wendy and Mike Suffield marry 31st March in Rochester, Kent.
Frequent house hunting and job searching trips to the South encourage Mike and Wendy to move to Dorset. They are lured into The Hambledon Gallery by three Keith Vaughan pictures in the window and the promise of good coffee and a digestive biscuit for 1d. Wendy and Kitty hit it off and Wendy joined in November.
Wendy and Mike return to England from a year long sabbatical in California. They are inspired by their trip and the country’s ‘can do’ attitude.
Kitty invites Wendy to become a partner in the business. Instead of taking her wages, Wendy begins to buy the business in instalments.
The hottest summer since records began, Wendy buys the house next door, number 44. She bashed a hole through with the help of a friend for added selling space.
Nick Wurr designs The Hambledon Gallery logo.
A second room is added upstairs by bashing through into number 44. Initially this room was used as an extension to the exhibition space.
Today the space is used as the changing rooms.
Kitty retirees aged 75 and Wendy takes full ownership of The Hambledon Gallery.
Wendy undertakes a massive building project and extends the upstairs of the shop to the rear of number 42. The floor space is doubled.
In March The Hambledon Gallery has a David Hockney prints exhibition.
Mike Suffield buys number 40 from the butcher, Joe Peaple. The premises provided valuable extra space
Number 40 is used to pack parcels from sales from our online shop.
The Hambledon Gallery is 50 years old. Celebrations include an exhibition during Dorset Art Week’s.
A diary is printed to mark this milestone.
Wendy retires in May after 52 years at the coal face of retail.
Youngest daughter takes up the retail reins.
The shop in Blandford has a facelift and our new website is launched.