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Cutty Sark sails ahead

In Museum [Insider], new content on January 23, 2010 at 1:28 pm

There’s a new piece on Museum [Insider] about the ongoing conservation project at the Cutty Sark in Greenwich.  The ship was already closed for major conservation work when it was ravaged by a fire in 2007. Fortunately, the majority of the wooden mateirals were off site in a conservation lab at the time, so they weren’t damaged. After reinforcing the iron hull and reintroducing the boards and planks – and a major overhaul of many other aspects of the ship – it will re-open to visitors sometime in 2011.

We all look forward to a trip down to Greenwich to investigate.

Live in Peckham? Wanna be on TV?

In Dulwich OnView, new content on January 19, 2010 at 10:30 am

Channel 4 are looking for people who live in Peckham (which comes within the remit of Dulwich OnView) to take part in a new television programme about life in the city. From their description I suspect they will take people who love the countryside and hate the city – and vice versa – and swap their homes for a week. It’s a new idea for a programme, but it’s a tried, tested (and now I reckon quite boring) format for making television.

Either way, if you’re interested in finding out more, there’s an article with all the details on Dulwich OnView today.

New galleries for Royal Naval Museum

In Museum [Insider], Museums, new content on January 18, 2010 at 2:53 pm

The Royal Naval Museum in Portsmouth (recently rebranded as part of the National Museum of the Royal Navy) is planning to rework their displays about the modern Navy. The twentieth century galleries will be brought right up to date in 700 square metres of exhibition space. They are in the process of appointing a design company to work on the concept and future tenders about the build will be out in due course.

There’s an article about the background to the project live now on Museum [Insider].

Dulwich meets Oklahoma

In Dulwich OnView, Museums, new content on January 15, 2010 at 9:45 am

There’s a beautiful group of paintings in Dulwich Picture Gallery called the Dutch Italianates – that is Dutch artists painting in an Italian style in the 17th century. There’s a strong emphasis on landscapes, and it’s known that Dutch artists were indeed there in the Italian countryside at the birth of Italian landscape painting.

The pictures have been on loan recently to Oklahoma City Museum of Art, where they were displayed in a special temporary exhibition. They’re on their way back to Dulwich now. Dulwich OnView has published an interview with the Gallery’s Director Ian Dejardin about the paintings. He talks about the influences on the Dutch artists in Italy, their significance in art history and his favourite paintings in the collection.

We published the interview in two parts, with illustrations from DPG’s collection (part onepart two). Or you can read the full transcript of the interview on OCMOA’s website.

Red phone boxes

In Dulwich OnView, new content on January 5, 2010 at 9:43 am

Here’s something interesting.

I learned recently the deisgner of the red phone box – now sadly no longer in production – was a good friend of Sir John Soane, architect of, among many other grand projects, Dulwich Picture Gallery. There’s an example of this iconic piece of design in the grounds of the Gallery as a nod to the inspiration from whence it came. If you look closely, the top of the mausoleum in the Gallery has a similar shape to that of the red phone box. And it’s a design which has spread far and wide ever since. Examples of the old phone boxes can be found all over the globe. I found one recently in Bilbao. There’s a piece all about it on Dulwich OnView today.