For her mementoes, gifts and things reflecting the foundation’s activity, Sue Ryder decided to open the Sue Ryder Museum in Cavendish.
Among those modest exhibits, which are also exceptional because of circumstances they were created in, there are pictures of the Mother of God and St. Francis made of seeds and spikes offered by the Polish minister of culture, a small colourful kilim woven by Russians in Leningrad during the awful siege, a crystal glass vase donated by oncological patients of one of the Foundation’s Houses, an intricate model of a 15th century galleon made by a young invalid and donated to Sue Ryder in Kotara on the occasion of an honorary citizenship of that town being awarded to her. Among other exhibits, there are also precious paintings, jewellery, books and albums, some of which were the only property of their donors.
After Sue Ryder’s death in 2000, her heirs handed over museum collection and her personal mementos to the Polish Sue Ryder Foundation.
That is how the Sue Ryder Museum in the Mokotów Tollbooth (Rogatka Mokotowska) in Warsaw was established.
The authorities of Warsaw leased a Mokotów tollbooth (Rogatka Mokotowska) to the Foundation for the Sue Ryder Museum in Warsaw in 2010. This is a special place: a small and cosy historic monument in the heart of the centre of Warsaw, close to the Łazienki Królewskie Park.
The Foundation renovated the neglected tollbooth on its own account and with the support of its donors:
BBI Development, Liebrecht&Wood and Juvenes Projekt which donated a design.
Renovation works were carried out by Polskie Pracownie Konserwacje Zabytków S.A.
The permanent exhibition of the Museum was arranged by Jolanta Pol.
The author of the New Motive Project is Adam Orlewicz.
The project was partially financed by the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage.