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Since 1998 Mr Gray has been director of the Compton Verney House Trust in Warwickshire, overseeing the transformation of a run-down mansion into an art gallery and education centre.
The house fell into dereliction over the next decades until it was bought with a grant from the Peter Moores Foundation and passed into the hands of the Compton Verney House Trust.
Compton Verney House Trust, Compton Verney, Warwickshire, telephone 01926 645500 or visit
Richard Gray, director of the Compton Verney House Trust, the charity which runs the development, is remarkably calm as he oversees the project's final stages, just days before the opening.
Sir Peter Moores, founder of the Peter Moores Foundation, which funds Compton Verney House Trust also attended, along with several governors of the Trust.
The bizarre event was sponsored by the Compton Verney House Trust where Matthew Thompson gave it the new interpretation.
It's the Compton Verney House Trust which has bought a Grade I-listed Robert Adam mansion in south Warwickshire and turned it into a private art museum at a cost now totalling pounds 64 million, including pounds 21 million so far on the building and pounds 19 million on art to put in it.
Compton Verney House Trust is just one of the projects to get help from the charity - but it is also Mr Moores' "special baby" and he takes a great personal interest in the project and helps choose works of art to add to the collection.
The lottery money, distributed by West Midlands Arts, has been shared between Warwick Arts Society, Compton Verney House Trust and Coughton Primary School, near Alcester.
The Compton Verney House Trust began with a historically important building - traditionally attributed to Vanburgh and certainly extensively remodelled by Robert Adam - in a very poor state of repair.
Organised by the Compton Verney House Trust, the Warwickshire Arts and Heritage Week will be opened at the Royal Priors Shop-ping Centre today.