A quick update on all the exciting things that have been happening in the Museum Collections Unit! Early last week, a painting from the University collection was taken away for conservation treatment. The painting is by the Scottish artist, Sir George Reid and is a portrait of Thomas Purdie (1843-1916) who was a Professor of Chemistry at the University of St Andrews. We got in contact with specialist conservators who have expert knowledge of treating and caring for damaged paintings and frames.
Thomas was looking forward to going on a road trip.
Amy Dale (Collections Curator), Kevin Knox (Curatorial Trainee) and I had the job of preparing the painting for being moved out of the museum store. We used a HUGE sheet of bubble wrap (two sheets taped together) to pack the painting and protect it from being damaged in transit.
Amy Dale, Collections Curator, helping to secure the portrait in the removal van in preparation for the road trip!
You can see the newly-conserved portrait and many more treasures from the museum collections in the upcoming exhibition – Elements of Genius: A Legacy of Chemistry in St Andrews – which opens at the Gateway Galleries, St Andrews, on 18th March. The exhibition celebrates the 200th anniversary of the teaching of Chemistry at the University of St Andrews and is curated by students on the Museum and Gallery Studies course. 2011 also marks the International Year of Chemistry. Update to follow!