Devotion, Clam’s Dream, A Gust of Wind, Elephant Bridge, Daikoku and a Child, Tortoise Playing with Fisherman & Fisherman Serenity are all the seven Ivories which have been conserved with a generous donation from The Arts Society Fylde.

Devotion Ivory for conservation

‘Devotion’ ivory after conservation


Mayor & Mayoress Celebrate The Arts & Conservation Showcase

TASF held a very successful event on Wednesday 17 October at the Town Hall, St Annes, ‘Celebrating Fifty Years / Enriching Lives through the Arts’, in the presence of the Mayor and Mayoress of Fylde, Councillor & Mrs Peter Collins, when we were able to see the newly conserved items.

Jenny Truran, conservator, gave a very interesting account of how she had cleaned the Ivories and Kunie Couch, who had researched them as part of the Tagging the Treasures project, told us how ivories such as these came to be made.

Chair of TASF, Pat Corless welcomed everyone and Jo Darbyshire, past Chair, handed over a cheque for £1,000 to the Mayor.

The Friends were so pleased when they learned that FDFAS as it was then, planned to celebrate their 50th Anniversary by making a gesture of a donation for conservation. The Friends have paid for the plaque to commemorate their funding.

Hebe & Amphritite Conservation Nears Completion

Hebe and Amphritite are a work in progress, according to Jenny. In fact they are almost finished. In the photograph below you can see protective sheeting and part of a high platform, essential for Jenny to stand on as she worked, the statues are so tall. Also shown is the back of Amphitrite’s head and hair showing it partially cleaned.

Amphitrite’s head partially cleaned

Amphitrite’s head partially cleaned


Conservation work done since Friends was formed with money raised by the Friends, or by attracting donations.

The Drummer Boy, painting by Mark William Langlois

Lost in the bowels of the Town Hall for 40 years emerging dirty and dusty. Conservation funded by the Friends.

Cost £2,000

The New Curate, painting by Percy Robert Craft

Conservation paid for entirely by Peter Bretherton, then President of the Lawn Tennis Association in London after Margaret Race wrote to him hoping the LTA might contribute towards the cost.

Cost £4,400

Lytham Sandhills, painting by Richard Ansdell RA

Conservation funded by Lytham Civic Society who had recently been left a considerable sum of money. A conversation between Marion Coupe, Chairman of the CS, and Margaret Race, Chairperson of the Friends, resulted in part of the bequest funding this work.

Cost £3,000

Loch Nagar, painting by Alfred de Breanski Snr

Conservation funded by donation from Reta Midgeley and Fund set up in her name following her death.

Cost £1,920

Alcina, sculpture by F S Francini

Conservation funded by donation from Ivan Midgeley, son of Reta, received on the first anniversary of Reta’s death.

Cost £1,343

Lady Seated on a Balcony (‘Penelope’) by A L Andrieux

Conservation paid for by donation from James Hilton and the Friends.

Cost £4,125

Hebe & Amphritite, sculptures by R Rinaldo & B E Spence resp.

Conservation almost completed. Funded by the Friends part of which was funding of £2,700 from the Aurelius Trust.

Cost £6,700

Seven Ivories: Devotion, Clam’s Dream, A Gust of Wind, Elephant Bridge, Daikoku and a Child, Tortoise Playing with Fisherman and Fisherman Serenity

Conservation funded by donation from The Arts Society Fylde on the occasion of their 50th Anniversary.

Cost £1,000


Total £24,488