CRAVEN Museum staff are delighted to see the return of recently cleaned and conserved paintings from the Roebuck Collection.

The paintings will now be mounted for display in Skipton Town Hall as part of Craven District Council’s National Heritage Lottery Funded refurbishment of Craven Museum.

As part of the project, 13 of the works, including by John Bratby, founder of the kitchen sink realism style of the late 1950s, and by Italian 18th century artist, Michele Marieschi, were selected for conservation. The work included surface cleaning, replacement of mounts and re-tensioning the canvas to prepare the canvasses for display. The paintings went to a number of accredited conservators last autumn.

Rachel Terry, museum and collections officer, said: “It was a major challenge to find enough specialists to do the work in the timescale and within Covid safe guidelines. We can’t thank Phillip Bourne of Lancashire Conservation Studios enough for finding suitable conservators and organising the work for us. We are really delighted with all the results and we look forward to sharing them with our visitors when we re-open later this year.”

The work was carried out by specialist conservators Vanessa Andrew, Phillip Bourne, James Caverhill, Germaine Denn and Beth Jowett.

The refurbishment of the museum is part of the £4.7m restoration and redevelopment of the town hall and is due to reopen in the spring.