After a little break we thought that we would update you with a very special joint Object of the Month and conservation feature! This month’s object is a bronze statue of Peter Pan, the character from Sir J. M. Barrie’s classic children’s story, which was made by the sculptor Sir George Frampton.
The statue was presented to the students of University Hall by the author, J. M. Barrie, on the 3 May 1922. Barrie was Rector of the University of St Andrews from 1919 until 1922. The statue was made by George Frampton in 1913 and is a smaller version of the famous statue of Peter Pan that stands in Kensington Gardens in London.
Peter Pan has recently returned to the University after conservation treatment. Members of the Collections team hit the road to collect Peter and bring him back to St Andrews. Specialist Conservators at Graciela Ainsworth’s Sculpture Conservation and Restoration Studio in Edinburgh had worked on Peter to re-attach his pipes and also to make some small patches of damage less visible.
Every museum object has its own personal history and conservation treatment represents an important life milestone! By taking photographs and making notes, conservators carefully recorded the conservation process so that we have a detailed record of all the techniques and materials that were used to conserve the statue. This is very useful information for the Collections team here today and also future Curators!
Peter is back on display and now lives in gallery 3 in MUSA: Museum of the University of St Andrews! Come along to MUSA and have a look for yourself! Check out our website for opening times: http://www.st-andrews.ac.uk/musa/visitors/openingtimes/