Conservation work on a collection of historic maritime paintings in the Hull Maritime Museum is now complete.
Following a survey of 400 paintings, the 13 selected works of art that depict a variety of maritime themes with significant ties to the city’s history were sent to Lincoln University’s Conservation Studio for conservation treatment. essential.
Works included two very large oil paintings, Calm on the Humber (c.1868) by Henry Redmore and HMS Britannia by John Ward (c.1847), which were on display in the museum’s main stairwell.
Specialist conservators at the University of Lincoln’s Conservation Department have spent more than 1,000 hours carefully conserving the paintings and their frames.
Treatment included cleaning the surface, removing layers of dust, dirt and discolored varnish using conservation-grade materials, repairing major tears, and filling and touching up lost layers of paint. .
Gillian Osgerby, Project Manager for Hull Maritime from Hull City Council, said: “These paintings were chosen as those most in need of attention, after decades of display or storage.
“The conservation of these paintings has breathed new life into them, bringing them back to their former glory to shine for our visitors for years to come.”
Rhiannon Clarricoates, ACR, Senior Fellow at the School of History and Heritage, College of Arts, University of Lincoln, said: “These 13 paintings cover a long period of Hull’s maritime history from the 18th century to the 20th century. , and a lot of the artists were local, so they have a real sense of place.
“By removing dirt and old varnish, and repairing tears and losses, we were able to reveal the details and colors of the original paintings, so that the sense of place can be enjoyed by visitors today. today and tomorrow.”
David Renwick, Director, England, North of the National Lottery Heritage Fund, said: “David Renwick, Director, England, North of the National Lottery Heritage Fund, said: “It is great news that thanks to the players of the Lottery we can to support the conservation of these amazing maritime paintings.
“This important work of preserving these paintings means that future generations, local and further afield, can learn more about Hull’s rich heritage when they are displayed in the renovated Hull Maritime Museum.”
Since 2018, a total of 51 paintings have been preserved to ensure they are in the best possible condition for their return to the renovated museum.
The preserved paintings are currently in a state-of-the-art storage facility pending the completion of the renovation of the Hull Maritime Museum.
Hull Maritime is funded by Hull City Council and the National Lottery Heritage Fund and will see changes to the Tier II* Maritime Museum, Dock Office Chambers, North End Dockyard and two historic ships, Arctic Corsair and Spurn Lightship.