#savingronsplace

Welcome to Ron’s Place, a house with an interior like no other.

In Birkenhead, across the river Mersey from Liverpool, stands a house with an interior like no other. Welcome to Ron’s Place,  home of the late Ron Gittins. A complex and colourful character, to say the least, Ron’s obsession with ancient Egypt, Greece, Rome and all things romantic led him to transform his rented flat into his very own highly ornate classical ‘villa’. Many people were intrigued by the extraordinary totemic sculpture at the entrance but very few knew of the astonishing fantasy world that lay within.

What was behind the door?

Every room revealed new surprises​

When Ron’s family visited his flat shortly after his death in September 2019 they were totally awestruck by the sheer scale of what they discovered, largely due to the fact their meetings usually took place elsewhere.


Ron had decorated almost every available surface, many painted with murals depicting historical scenes, partially obscured by the vast hoard of material that Ron had collected in the pursuit of creating his personal paradise.

What happens now? What can we do to save this wonderful legacy?

It was clear that great efforts had to be made to preserve Ron’s legacy. Thanks to the enthusiasm and support of family, friends and colleagues in the arts, museums, heritage and local history, there is an amazing opportunity to save what has been described as an ‘Outsider art gem’ for the nation and turn it into a cultural asset for the local community.

A successful #SavingRonsPlace crowdfunding campaign helped to get the ball rolling but there is still much to be done to ensure Ron’s legacy is protected and can continue to  inspire others.

Take a virtual tour of Ron’s Place

We put together a slide show of the inside of Ron’s Place once we were able to, er, run round with a dustpan and brush….

News

Press coverage and the latest news from Ron’s Place.

BBC Radio 4

Sketches: Stories of Art and People, Interior Life. Anna Freeman presents a showcase of stories about the meaning of art…
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SPACES

SPACES—Saving and Preserving Art and Cultural Environments—is dedicated to the study, documentation, and preservation of art environments and self-taught artistic…
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What People who knew Ron have to say

Ron was incredibly well known and people are coming forward all the time with anecdotes and stories of personal experiences.

I once saw Ron in the Post Office dressed as a Roman Centurion. No-one batted an eyelid.
Richard B.
Wirral
Ron often wore 4 or 5 hats at the same time. I asked him why – he said “It keeps my head warm”.
Joe W.
Wirral
Ron was dressed like a lollipop person and made himself a fishfinger in cod liver oil. The smell was so bad it woke my dad.
Christopher Lee-Power
Actor
Ron transported sand and cement to his house in an old pram. We had no idea what he was creating in there.
Ashley H.
Neighbour
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Can you help to save Ron’s Place?

There is still a great deal to do to save Ron’s Place, and we can’t do it on our own. There are already lots of ways you can help, and we will be adding more in the future