These were the main reasons, which prompted the City Council to plan an extension of the Handel House. Although some minor compromises were unavoidable in joining together two existing but different buildings - one only needs to think of the difficulty of two different heights - excellent opportunities were opened up for creating a new Handel exhibition. Of particular advantage was the arrangement of a round tour for visitors through the exhibition such as had not been possible under the old conditions.
Whatever had proved its worth was of course retained and in the planning full account was taken of the potentials and the demands of tape-guided tours. The new exhibition, planned and executed by the graphic artists Else and Ronald Kobe of the Halle State Building Enterprise, despite the inevitable sacrifice of some of the old intimacy, has gained in clarity, offers the visitor a fully rounded picture of all the essential features of Handel's biography and includes an account of the promotion of Handel's music since 1784.
|The Handel House after 1985|
|Handel Exhibition (room 6): Portrait of Handel by Hans List after Philip Mercier, c. 1730, and harpsichord by Abraham & Jacob Kirckman|
|Handel Exhibition (room 7): Renaissance “Bohlenstube” – music cabinet)|