Rhodes Arts Complex and Bishop’s Stortford Museum. Birthplace of Cecil Rhodes.

See the plaque on the wall


Bishop’s Stortford Museum

South Mill Arts complex
Netteswell House, today Bishop’s Stortford Museum, was the birthplace of British imperialist Cecil Rhodes, the financier and founder of diamond company De Beers who gave his name to Rhodesia.[2] It houses the Rhodes Collection, containing interactive displays, archives, artefacts, and photographs, about the life of Rhodes. The Rhodes Birthplace Trust is a registered charity under English law.[3]

The museum combines the collections of the former Rhodes Memorial Museum and the Bishop’s Stortford Local History Museum. The Rhodes’ Birthplace Museum was established in 1938 in two early-19th-century houses which are Grade II-listed buildings.[4] The current museum opened in 2005.[5]

The original part of Rhodes’ home holds exhibits on the life of Rhodes, 19th-century Southern African artefacts from his travels, and a reconstructed middle-class Victorian drawing room with family memorabilia. The building holds exhibits on local history.