The Friends of Plymouth City Museum and Art Gallery secure Garfield Weston Foundation funding
The Friends of Plymouth City Museum and Art Gallery (FPCMAG) have successfully secured a £5,000 grant from the Garfield Weston Foundation.
The Foundation is a UK-based trust that supports arts, education, youth, community, health, welfare and environmental projects. Established in 1958, it donates over £70 million to a wide range of projects across the country each year.
The grant will be used to support the conservation, transportation and installation of three historic objects that will be displayed in The Box’s ‘Mayflower 400: Legend and Legacy’ exhibition next year.
‘The Departure of the Mayflower’ is a 1920 painting by artist Bernard Gribble and is coming from a private lender.
A John Eliot bible, published in 1661, is coming on loan from Kings College London.
The National Maritime Museum is lending a drawing by artist and map-maker John White (1590-1593), printed by the Flemish-German engraver Theodor de Bry (1528-1598) in 1590.
Celia Bean, Chair of the FPCMAG said: “We’re delighted to have secured this funding which highlights our continuing support for The Box and which will enhance this important exhibition. The three items that will benefit from the grant are really fascinating – especially the Bible which Puritan missionary John Eliot translated into Algonquian, the language spoken by the east coast Native Americans. It will be wonderful to see them all on display and to know that we helped make it happen.”
Thanks to some additional fundraising activities, the FPCMAG have also provided a £460 grant to support the loan of a historic map for the exhibition. The map shows the Dutch city of Leiden where a number of the Mayflower passengers lived in the early 1600s.
The portrait of Hugh Bonfoy is one of a number of artworks that can usually be seen on display at Port Eliot House, St Germans. Bonfoy married into the Eliot family and was a Naval Captain and the Colonial Governor of Newfoundland in the 1750s.
The painting’s frame was in need of restoration. FPCMAG’s funding, along with some in-kind support from highly respected London-based firm Rollo Whately Limited, enabled a full conservation treatment to be carried out.
The frame will be reunited with its painting and redisplayed at Port Eliot House when it re-opens to the public in 2020.
Paul Brookes, CEO for The Box said: “This support is a great boost for our Mayflower 400 exhibition and Port Eliot Collection. We’re very grateful to the FPCMAG for helping to make these loans and conservation work a reality.”