Conservation

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.

For an idea of what goes on in the Studios, read the account of a Friends’ visit in the News page about the trip to the Harris Museum & Art Gallery and the Conservation Studios on Thursday 2 March.

The New Curate painting by Percy Robert Craft 1856–1934, before-conservation

How Funds Raised By The Friends Have Been Put To Good Use

White marble bust, before conservation, of Alcina, 1880, by F S Francini

Ivan Midgley Donation

Members celebrated in November 2017 the unveiling of the lovely, white, marble bust of ‘Alcina’ after she had been conserved.

The work was paid for using a generous donation to the Friends by Ivan Midgley who attended the social event at the Town Hall in St Annes.

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.

Loch Nagar by Alfred de Breanski Snr, 1852 – 1929
A Lady Seated on a Balcony by Alfred Louis Andrieux, 1879 – 1945

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 Goddess of Eternal Youth 1864 by Rinaldo Rinaldi 1793–1873

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.

Amphitrite Sea Nymph 1865 Rome by Benjamin Edward Spence 1822–1866
The Speakers gather in front of the Lytham Sandhills painting by Richard Ansdell - Philip Bourne (conservator), Margaret Race (Friends), Sarah Kellam (descendant of Richard Ansdell), Margaret Collinson (LSA Civic Society)

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.

The New Curate painting by Percy Robert Craft 1856–1934 - artwork before conservation
The Drummer Boy painting by Mark William Langlois 1848-1924

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.

Thank you

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