Plymouth City Museum's £50k grant to save historic furniture
PLYMOUTH City Museum and Art Gallery has been awarded almost £50,000 to protect and improve an historic furniture collection.
The Cottonion Collection contains old paintings, drawings, a library of more than 2,000 books and cabinets and bookcases dating back more than 200 years.
The collection was started by art lover Charles Rogers in the 18th century, and was gifted to the city in 1915.
Now the museum has been given £49,945 by Arts Council England to carry out research and conservation work on the collection.
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Fine art curator Emma Philip said: "This bid is the first phase in a series of improvements to the gallery in which the Cottonian Collection is displayed and will allow us to address the urgent need for conservation of the collection's historic furniture.
"The pieces are suffering from the general wear and tear of the last 200 years as well as the impact of the weight of their contents.
"This work will ensure their long-term care and, as a result, the long-term care of the objects contained, stored and displayed within them."
The funding bid will also allow furniture historian Dr Adam Bowett to carry out research on the furniture and to produce an illustrated catalogue and online gallery.
Deputy Council Leader Peter Smith said: "As we approach the centenary of our historic Cottonian Collection being gifted to the city in 2015 it's highly appropriate that we find ways to highlight its value and importance. It's wonderful to have secured funding that will enable us to unlock some of the story about how and why the collection was brought together in the first place and help us to protect, explore and understand the historic value and significance of the furniture within it."
For more information about the Cottonian Collection visit www.cottoniancollection.org.uk or call in at the Museum from 10am to 5.30pm Monday to Friday or 10am to 5pm on Saturdays.