Protecting & Conserving The Collection
An important part of the work of the Friends is to raise money to pay for the conservation of the many artworks in the Collection which need to be cleaned, repaired and treated in such a way that they will be preserved for future generations.
Who Carries Out Artwork Conservation?
All conservation work on the Collection is carried out by professional conservators at the Lancashire Museum Service’s Conservation Studios in Preston.
Heather Davis, Conservation & Collections Manager, is in charge of the Studios and she has looked after the Lytham St Annes Art Collection now for over twenty years.
How Funds Raised By The Friends Have Been Put To Good Use
Reta Midgley Donation
Ivan Midgley’s gift followed one from his late mother, Reta Midgley, 1929 – 2013, a valued member of the Friends who gave a large donation just before she died.
This paid for the conservation of the beautiful painting ‘Loch Nagar’. The Friends celebrated the work done at the Town Hall in St Annes on 30 September 2016.
James Hilton Lord of the Manor of Lytham Donation
Work is presently being undertaken on a painting entitled ‘A Lady Seated on a Balcony’ which is more commonly called ‘Penelope’ because it is believed to be the character from Greek Mythology awaiting the return of Ulysses, her husband.
Mr James Hilton, Lord of the Manor of Lytham, has donated a large part of the money needed for the conservation and the Friends held a fund-raising event for the outstanding amount.
Hebe & Amphitrite Restoration
The Friends are now embarking on raising funds for two beautiful statues to be cleaned and repaired.
Hebe and Amphitrite are 5’ 5” and 5’ 10” high respectively and both stand on pedestals 2’ 6” tall so they are an imposing presence.
They were given in 1932 by J H Dawson and they have graced the Entrance Hall of the Town hall in St Annes ever since.
Hebe lost a hand which will have to be specially made and all the conservation work to be done will cost many thousands of pounds.
LSA Civic Society Donation
On 10 February 2015 the Friends gathered in the lovely Reception Room at Fylde Town Hall along with members of the Lytham St Annes Civic Society.
The occasion was to see on display the newly cleaned and restored Lytham Sandhills by Richard Ansdell and to thank the Civic Society for donating the money to pay for the conservation of this lovely painting.
Peter Bretherton Donation
In 2013 the Chair of the Friends wrote to Mr Peter Bretherton, the then President of the British Lawn Tennis Association, to ask if the Association would contribute to the cost of the conservation of a painting whose subject matter is a scene depicting tennis players at the turn of the last century.
Bretherton responded generously to this request, pledging the full cost of the work personally.
An event was organised at the Town Hall on 29 July 2014 where members of the Friends, Conservation Studio and Fylde Borough Council all met with Peter Bretherton and expressed their thanks for his very kind donation.
Friends Fundraise For The Drummer Boy
The first painting to be conserved with money raised by the Friends was The Drummer Boy which was then displayed in an exhibition called A Right to Play in the Fylde Gallery in December 2012.
At the Preview Evening, a cheque was presented for the £2,000 it cost to conserve it.
We Need You...
The Friends of the Lytham St Annes Art Collection is a not-for-profit organisation.
We would be very grateful for any donations that will help to conserve the artworks within the Collection.