10 June 2016

Refurbishment of The Old Masters Gallery

June 10th 2016 saw The Friends being welcome to a special preview unveiling of the newly refurbished and upgraded Old Masters Gallery (Gallery 3), to which we contributed £10,000.

Members of The Friends listening to Dr Jenny Gashcke explaining the complexity of the work involved in designing the rehang of a number of important and delicate paintings, including the very large Noah's Ark (c.1710) by Jan Griffier

Dr Jenny Gaschke and Joanna Brown
(Friends Chairmain), in front of the
Rembrant self portrait
Pieces from the Gallery's own collection that have not been seen in public for many years are not back on display as part of the new hang, including a very important self portrait of Rembrandt.

The afternoon ended with a fine cup of tea and biscuit in the rear hall of the museum with a chance to talk to all of the curators and Laura Pye, the Head of Culture. Overall it was a lovely informal event much appreciated by those attending.

Ray Barnett,Head of Collections & Archives, making his cloing remarks to The Friends