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30th September 2020

The search is on to find a specialist company to conserve a number of maritime paintings from the Hull Maritime Museum’s collection.

As part of the Hull Maritime project, funded by Hull City Council and the National Lottery Fund, a painting and conservation company will remove, transport and conserve 12 maritime paintings.

Following a survey in 2018, these works were selected for conservation and given priority based on a specialist assessment of their condition, historical significance and importance to the narratives they will support.

Works including two large oil paintings dating back to 1847 can now be removed from the museum’s main stairwell and sent away to receive major conservation treatment.

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Calm on the Humber painting on display in the main stairwell of the Hull Maritime Museum
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The HMS Britannia painting is one of the 12 paintings identified to receive treatment

The delicate works includes surface cleaning to remove layers of dust and filling in losses to paint layers as well as other repairs to the frames.

Councillor Daren Hale, Portfolio Holder for Economic Investment, Regeneration and Planning, Land and Property, said: “These selected works are receiving the treatment needed to ensure they are at their best for when they go back on display in the museum, following its major refurbishment.

“Preserving these maritime works will enable us to continue to tell their stories for future generations.”

The tender documents can be found here.