Posts tagged with 'conservation'
31 October 2013 by Sam
Sharp eyed visitors to the Walker Art Gallery may have spotted that two paintings by Poussin and Turner are not currently on display, and may be wondering where they are. With Shakespearean flair, our Senior Paintings Conservator David Crombie has pointed out that a more apt question would be “Wherefore art thou, Poussin?” – I’ll let him explain why:
“Two major works from the Walker Art Gallery were recently sent on loan to an exhibition in Verona, Italy. Nicholas Poussin’s ‘Landscape with the Ashes of Phocion’ and Turner’s ‘Landscape with River and Distant Mountains’ are part of Around Monet: the Landscape from the Seventeenth to the Twentieth Century currently showing at the Palazzo della Gran Guardia in the city until February 2014. Read more…
Ship and historic models conservator David Parsons has news of a very delicate piece of conservation work that he has been working on:
“Oceanic 2 was built for the White Star Line by Harland & Wolff in 1899, it was commissioned as a merchant-cruiser in the First World War but sank soon after.
I’ve been working on the conservation of the builder’s model of Oceanic 2 for some time now and I’m getting towards finishing it. One of the early decisions I made was to leave the most complicated parts until last, and one of the most complicated things was replacing missing gratings.
16 July 2013 by Angela
Here is a post from Tracey Seddon, Head of Organics Conservation:
“I was relieved last week to get the fabulous Amber Cabinet back on display where it belongs in the Walker Art Gallery. I had reluctantly and rather hastily taken the decision to remove it from display back in 2011 when rumblings caused by the demolition of the Central Library next door had lead to some small fragments falling off. I was very concerned about the prospect of more damage. Read more…
11 July 2013 by Sam
Chris Moseley, Head of Ship and Historic Models Conservation, reports on a historic ship model that was recently conserved ready for a new display that opened this week:
“The ‘Leader’ was the very first ship model presented to National Museums Liverpool’s collections in 1862. It has gone on display this week in the Art and the Sea gallery in Merseyside Maritime Museum, as part of a small display about the Liverpool pilots, marking the 60th anniversary of the launch of the Edmund Gardner pilot ship.
10 July 2013 by Ashley Cooke
It’s been over two years since my last fieldwork in Egypt but with a collection of over 16,000 items from ancient Egypt there’s always some digging to be done in the museum storerooms! I was recently digitising all of our Greek papyri from Egypt for Dr Nikolaos Gonis, a papyrologist at University College London. It turns out we have a lot of interesting material from the 5th-6th centuries AD and Nikolaos is going to publish them all as a book. Read more…
2 July 2013 by Sam
Here’s a sneaky preview of a new display at Merseyside Maritime Museum, from Head of Organics Conservation, Tracey Seddon:
“As we have no textile conservators I get to do sewing again this week. Last week was a 500 year old tapestry. This week I had a rather chic silk scarf from the 1970s.
The scarf was a souvenir from the glamorous QE2 liner. It was designed by the London fashion house, Liberty, with a print featuring Art Deco style images of planes, liners and beaches occupied by beautiful people generally having a fabulous time. Read more…
27 June 2013 by Angela
Here’s an update from Tracey Seddon, Head of Organics Conservation:
“This is my first blog for a good while so I should introduce myself. I am Tracey Seddon, Head of Organics Conservation for National Museums Liverpool. What does that mean, I hear you ask? Well, basically I look after the museums’ objects; specifically those made from organic materials like wood, basketry, fur, feathers, horn, ivory and bone (I know! those latter two are only a tiny bit organic). Other specialist colleagues deal with specific categories of material like paintings, furniture and sculpture. Read more…
21 May 2013 by Angela
Here’s our Head of Sculpture Conservation Lottie Barnden with news of an object going on a very special journey:
“Sculpture Conservation has recently taken delivery of a bust from the Lady Lever Art Gallery. It depicts Ferdinando De’ Medici by Giovachino Fortini, you can find out more about it on our collection pages.
The Uffizi Gallery in Florence is marking the 300th anniversary of the death of the Grand Prince Ferdinando De’ Medici and has requested the loan of our magnificent bust to be included in this exhibition. The Grand Prince was a great patron of the arts in the late 17th and early 18th centuries and this bust will be displayed among some of the works of art he collected. Read more…
27 March 2013 by Gemma
Often as a conservator, there are not many opportunities to engage with the public. Working in studios undertaking practical conservation work can leave little time for interaction with those who enjoy and visit the collections. So when I was given the opportunity to do a demonstration of ship model conservation at the Lady Lever Art Gallery I was eager to accept.
The Gallery is part of National Museums Liverpool, and houses a collection of fine and decorative art. The Lady Lever Art Gallery was founded by William Hesketh Lever, and contains the best of his personal art collection. As part of the education programme, the gallery runs demonstrations of various art related topics, and so I did an afternoon of ship model conservation in one of the galleries. Read more…
You may remember in my last post that I had taken a model in great need of conservation to the Lady Lever Art Gallery for demonstration purposes. The model had several snapped yards and masts, and missing blocks. Many people remarked on the blackness of the thick dirt, and how complicated the broken and twisted rigging was, and were interested to know how I would go about treating the model. As the treatment of the model has now been completed, I would like to share some of the treatment processes. Read more…