Set in the beautiful grounds of the Temple Gardens, the Gallery houses an exquisite collection of Fine and Decorative arts. James Ward Usher (1845-1921) was a successful entrepreneur and a devoted collector of decorative art. He gained esteem and prestige through his local jewellery and watch making business, and was honoured with the position of Sheriff of Lincoln in 1916. He died aged 76, and bequeathed his outstanding collection of artworks to the city of Lincoln. The Usher Gallery was completed five years later, an imposing classically inspired building designed by Sir Reginald Blomfield R.A., and was formally opened with a solid gold key by His Royal Highness the Prince of Wales on the 25th May 1927. The permanent collection is supplemented by generous loans and exchanges with other museums and private collections. There is also an exciting programme of temporary exhibitions ensuring today's visitors an experience that will appeal to a diversity of interests and tastes. Visitors to the gallery are welcome to stroll or picnic in the Temple Gardens, browse in the shop or relax in the café.