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South Region Conservation Network news from Karen Wardley: visit to Southampton City Art Gallery and SeaCity Museum

Karen Wardley, Collections Manager (Access and Care) at Southampton City Council Arts and Heritage and a member of the South Region Conservation Network, provides an update on the network's latest event:

Southampton Arts and Heritage were delighted to host the recent SRCN meeting on Tuesday 30th September. Many thanks to Eleanor Schofield, the group’s chair, and Rebecca Moisan, Ambrose Scott-Moncrieff, Ben Hall and Kirsty Bell from the Collections team for organising the visit.

Members from all over the region, both freelance and representing a variety of institutions, enjoyed a networking opportunity in the city art gallery’s Baring Room, fuelled by refreshments generously provided by Tru Vue, the manufacturers of the non-reflective glazing which has been recently installed on Burne-Jones’ Perseus Series displayed there. Rebecca and Ambrose spoke about the benefits of the new glazing, grant-funded by the Andrew Lloyd Webber Foundation, which could clearly be seen.

The group then moved to the SeaCity Museum, where Eleanor updated us on the final stages of conservation work on the Mary Rose hull. The sprays were finally turned off in April but work is ongoing to complete the drying off and  removal of acidic sulfates. This work is all now viewable by the public!

There followed discussion on the final drafting of the Group’s terms of reference, before Kirsty led a tour round the SeaCity galleries, giving fascinating personal insight into the preparation and maintenance of the displays there.

The group will meet again in six months time, at Fort Nelson.

Want to get involved with the South Conservation Region Network? The discussion will continue on LinkedIn and at future events.