National Gallery receives major donation to transform its setting of Caravaggio and seventeenth-century Italian paintings
The National Gallery has received a £4 million gift from Julia and Hans Rausing towards the refurbishment of its largest and one of its most visited rooms.
At 34m long by 12m wide, Room 32 houses the Gallery’s world-class collection of Italian 17th century paintings, including works by Caravaggio, Reni, Guercino, Rosa and Giordano. The room will also eventually become home to the Gallery’s latest acquisition, a self-portrait of Artemisia Gentileschi.
The upcoming renovation will enable the Gallery to continue to meet international museum standards and preserve the Gallery’s collection of paintings for future generations to enjoy. After the work is completed, the room will be re-opened as The Julia and Hans Rausing Room.
Julia and Hans Rausing have supported the National Gallery over many years, including exhibitions such as Strange Beauty – Masters of the German Renaissance (February - May 2014) and most recently Mantegna and Bellini.
First hard hat tour of Chelsea and Westminster Hospital new Intensive Care Unit
Chelsea and Westminster Hospital was delighted to welcome Julia and Hans Rausing for its first 'hard hat' tour of the construction site for its new adult Intensive Care Unit. The Julia and Hans Rausing Trust has supported the Critical Care Campaign to significantly expand and redevelop the hospital's adult Intensive Care Unit.
The capacity of the new unit will increase by 45% providing care for over 1000 patients a year in a sensor rich environment including private bays, facilities for overnight accommodation in every room, and the latest state-of-the-art equipment. The hospital will create a patient-focused environment which will transform its care and patient experience. This innovative, new model of care and world-class environment will improve clinical outcomes, reduce costs, improve efficiency and reduce risks for its patients. It will become one of the leading Critical Care services in the UK, influencing NHS guidelines and best practice nationally and beyond.
The new unit is due to open in 2020 and will be named ‘The Julia and Hans Rausing Intensive Care Unit’ in recognition of the Trust’s contribution to the hospital's patients.
For more information please visit www.cwplus.org.uk
Opening of a new wing at “The Cotswolds Dogs & Cats Centre”
Julia and Hans Rausing were delighted to be invited to “Sybille’s Veterinary Suite" at The Cotswolds Dogs & Cats centre in May 2018. The Cotswolds Dogs & Cats centre is a leading animal rescue charity in the Cotswolds that cares for hundreds of abandoned, abused and neglected animals each year. The Julia and Hans Rausing Trust and their dog Sybille was delighted to support the opening of a new veterinary suite.
The Black Sea MAP expedition
The three-year Black Sea MAP expedition was the largest underwater archaeological project of its kind, and investigated the changes in the ancient environment of the Black Sea region including the impact of sea level change during the last glacial cycle.
The Black Sea MAP project was conceived by Hans K. Rausing who established the Expedition and Education Foundation to commission the project. The Foundation’s work is funded by The Julia and Hans Rausing Trust.
The expedition unveiled 60 astonishingly well-preserved shipwrecks during its duration, which helped write the history of nearly 2500 years of seafaring tradition.
On 19th September 2017, the expedition returned from its third and final field season.
For more information please visit www.blackseamap.com
Gloucestershire Local Charity Tea Party
In August 2017, Julia and Hans Rausing held a Garden Tea Party in Gloucestershire for 14 local charities supported by the charitable trust. The charities included employment training schemes, animal welfare, care for the elderly, restoration of historic buildings, services for children and young people, medical treatment support and addiction treatment services.