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AIM Conservation Grant success for Royal Green Jackets (Rifles) Museum
We're delighted to announce that the Royal Green Jackets (Rifles) Museum in Winchester is one of 10 museum to benefit from grants in the latest round of the AIM Conservation Grant Scheme. Supported by The Pilgrim Trust, the scheme is intended to assist AIM’s smaller members with conservation of important objects in their collections.
The museum secured £4,252 for the conservation of seven oil on canvas paintings, as part of their major project to commemorate the Battle of Waterloo in its bicentenary year, 2015. The grant made it possible for the paintings to be conserved in preparation for the Waterloo 2015 exhibition. The conservation work included cleaning of the paintings and repair to the gilt frames.
Two of the antecedent regiments of The Royal Green Jackets, the 52nd Light Infantry and the 95th Rifles, played leading parts in the Battle of Waterloo, each with over 1,000 men. The majority of the paintings conserved are portraits of those who served in the Battle of Waterloo and include Lord Seaton (Colborne), Sir Harry Smith and Alexander Cameron. There is also the large painting by Ernest Crofts RA of the Capture of the French Battery by 52nd Regiment at Waterloo. When the work has been completed the paintings will go on display in the new Kincaid Gallery, which will also be used as a learning space, and part of the refurbishment which will be completed at the end of March 2015.
This project is just one element of a significant Waterloo 2015 fundraising programme at the museum. The Museum’s trustees applied to the Heritage Lottery Fund in July 2013 for a £100,000 grant to part-fund a Battle of Waterloo Bicentenary Exhibition. The application was successful with the balance of the funds to deliver the project being the focus of a major Appeal. As at 1 November 2014 another milestone has been achieved as the Museum’s Waterloo 2015 Appeal has passed the £150,000 mark with £140,000 received and nearly £12,000 pledged.
The closing date for the next round of AIM Conservation Grants is 31 March 2015.