About Us

Who we are

Compton Verney is an independent national art gallery and ‘Capability’ Brown landscape located nine miles from Stratford-upon-Avon. We are a registered charity (no. 1032478), established in 1993 with the aim of providing an inspiring and entertaining cultural day out for visitors of all ages and backgrounds – whether they have come to see our highly-acclaimed art exhibitions, to take part in our wide-ranging activities, or to enjoy the diverse features of our extensive historic landscape.

Compton Verney is

Sir Peter Moores CBE DL

(9 April 1932 – 23 March 2016)


Compton Verney House Trust is indebted to the vision and generosity of the Peter Moores Foundation (1964-2014), which rescued the site in 1993 and not only funded the conversion of the derelict Georgian mansion into an art gallery, together with addition of a large modern exhibition and service wing, but also generously supported the gallery’s activities during its crucial early development. We are enormously grateful to the munificence of the Foundation, whose unstinting liberality constitutes  one of the most outstanding philanthropic acts of the late twentieth century.

Sir Peter Moores was born in Lancashire and educated at Eton College and Christchurch, Oxford, where he studied Italian and German. He had a gap year at Glyndebourne working as a behind-the-scenes administrator and then studied at the Vienna Academy of Music.

In 1957 he joined his father’s business, Littlewoods, becoming Vice-Chairman in 1976, Chairman from 1977 – 1980 and remaining as a director until 1993. His public appointments include Governor of the BBC (1981 – 1983), Trustee of the Tate Gallery (1978 – 1985) and Director of Scottish Opera (1988 – 1993).

In 1991, he was appointed a CBE and Deputy Lieutenant of Lancashire in 1992. He received a knighthood in the New Year’s Honours List in 2003 in recognition of his charitable services to the arts.

We remain immensely grateful to Sir Peter for his original support, generosity and vision. Without his intervention and imagination, Compton Verney would today be a romantic ruin, and the inspiring art gallery and park that has been developed there a mere pipe dream.

Not only does Sir Peter’s magnificent achievement leave the nation with a significant legacy; in addition, his farsighted patronage of the arts will continue to serve as an exemplary model for others in the years ahead.

Today, everything we do supports our mission: to share our passion for art and landscape with as many people as possible.

Connected organisations

Compton Verney House Trust (CVHT) co-operates with three related charities, and two related companies in order to achieve its objectives. The three charities are the Compton Verney Collection Settlement (CVCS), the Compton Verney Fund (CVF) and the Peter Moores Foundation (PMF), all founded by Sir Peter Moores.

Compton Verney’s vision

Excellence to present a high-quality experience in a regional context
Celebrate our uniqueness by bringing together historic and modern art, architecture and landscape
Inspire and engage by entertaining, surprising, informing and challenging through all that we do
Inclusive by offering an approach to art that is jargon-free, gently paced and refreshingly relaxed

Compton Verney’s mission statement

To share our passion for art with as many people as possible to help them gain something of intellectual and spiritual value from their encounter with Compton Verney.

Core values

Our working relationships are defined by three core values:

Creativity To challenge accepted norms and to find imaginative solutions that take Compton Verney forward
Professionalism To achieve the highest professional standards in our work, and to behave with respect and courtesy for others
Trust To work in ways which empower and support our colleagues

Organisational structure

Compton Verney Organisational Chart (August 2015)

Annual report

Download Compton Verney’s Annual Report 2014
Download Compton Verney’s Annual Review 2014
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