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 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 2017.
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 substantial donation just before she died.
This paid for the conservation of the beautiful painting ‘Loch Nagar’. The Friends celebrated it’s restoration at the Town Hall in St Annes on 30 September 2016.
James Hilton Lord of the Manor of Lytham Donation
Mr James Hilton, Lord of the Manor of Lytham, donated a large part of the money needed for the repair and conservation of this painting with the Friends holding a fund-raising event for the outstanding amount.
An event, attended by Mr and Mrs Hilton, to celebrate the return of the painting, entitled ‘A Lady Seated on a Balcony’, but more commonly called ‘Penelope’ because it is believed to be the character from Greek Mythology awaiting the return of Ulysses, her husband, was held on Thursday 21 June 2018 at the Town Hall in St Annes,
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 donated in 1932 by J H Dawson and they have graced the Entrance Hall of the Town Hall in St Annes ever since.
There is some damage to both sculptures, in particular Hebe is missing a hand. However, a decision has been made not to replace it.
A bid for funding has been submitted and it is hoped that the work may begin sometime later this year.
LSA Civic Society Donation
On 10 February 2015 the Friends gathered in the attractive Reception Room at Town Hall in St Annes 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 Studios and Fylde Borough Council all met with Peter Bretherton to express 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 in the Fylde Gallery entitled ‘A Right To Play’.
A cheque for £2,000, the cost of the conservation, was presented at the Preview Evening.
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.