Welcome to the 24 Hour Museum news in brief page for the week ending March 25 2007.
23.03.2007 - Murderer's grisly remains to stay on display at Sudbury Museum
The grisly remains of a murderer, hanged in Suffolk in the nineteenth century, are to remain on display at Moyse's Hall Museum after a relative's request to have them returned was turned down.
William Corder was hanged in Bury St Edmonds in 1828 for the murder of his lover Maria Martin - a crime which has since passed into Suffolk folklore as the Murder in the Red Barn.
Following his execution a death mask was made, part of his scalp preserved and a book (picture above) about the murder and trial bound in his skin. All of these items now reside at the museum.
A committee set up by St Edmundsbury Borough Council considered the application for return by Linda Turner, an ancestor who wanted to bury the remains, but it voted unanimously to turn down the request on the grounds that Mrs Turner was not a blood relative of Corder and therefore had no claim.
23.07.2007 - Lottery money secured for new Fusilier's Museum in Bury
The Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) has released a £2 million grant that will see the building of a state of the art Fusilier's Museum as part of the Arts and Crafts Centre in Bury city centre.
The money means the green light has now been given to moving the regiment's famous collection from the Wellington Army Barracks to the new museum. The collection includes items dating back to the 17th century, including artefacts belonging to General Wolfe and Emperor Napolean.
A further £1.4 million for the new museum has been rasied through a fundraising appeal.
23.07.2007 - Creswell Crags to get new visitor centre
Plans to build a centre of excellence at the site of Creswell Crags are now going ahead after a £4.23m grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund.
The building will house state-of-the-art displays, a research and library room, collection storage facilities and a suite for education groups, talks and conferences. There will also be a facility for demonstarting the art of flint knapping.
Creswell Crags boasts 13,000-year-old cave art and archaeological finds dating back 50,000 years. A £1.2m project to restore the gorge is nearly complete and a new road away from the site has been constructed.
23.03.2007 - Local society erects blue plaque on Barratt home to commemorate Captain Oates
The Putney Society has bypassed English Heritage to erect one of its own commemorative blue plaques on the site where the explorer Captain Oates once lived.
The plaque, which was erected on a Barratt Homes development at 307 Upper Richmond Road in Putney, was unveiled by Captian Oates' great nephew Bryan Oates to mark the 95th anniversary of the famous explorer's death in 1912.
Now part of British folklore, Oates famously sacrificed his life during the ill-fated Scott expedition to the South Pole by walking out into a blizzard. His body has never been found.
English Heritage refuses to place Blue Plaques on sites where a famous person's house has been knocked down and rebuilt.
22.03.2007 – Rosslyn Chapel carvings to be saved
The 15th century chapel brought to a worldwide audience when it featured in the Hollywood film of Dan Brown’s Da Vinci Code is to be carefully conserved thanks to grants totalling more than £7 million.
Described as a book in stone, Rosslyn Chapel, Midlothian, is renowned for its intricate carvings with symbols of the Knights Templar, Christianity, Freemasonry and mythology. However, these carvings are now extremely fragile, and the building itself, dating back to 1446, is in seriously poor condition.
The Heritage Lottery Fund and Historic Scotland have come to the rescue with a Stage One pass for a grant of £4.5 million and nearly £2.7 million, respectively. The money will allow an extensive five-year programme of conservation and restoration. The funding will also help with the development of visitor facilities to improve the experience of 120,000 annual visitors – a number that jumped from about 30,000 before the Da Vinci Code.
22.03.2007 - William Morris Gallery birthday party and protest in Walthamstow
The party, from 12pm to 3pm in and around the Gallery and Lloyd Park, will be a feast of music, poetry, talks and picnicking, but is also planned as a protest against funding cutbacks.
The two museums are campaigning against recent funding cuts approved by Waltham Forest Council, which mean opening hours from April 2007 will be reduced and job losses are likely.
Everyone is welcome to come and show their support - bring along banners.
For more information see the website
22.03.2007 - All Tomorrow’s Pictures at the ICA , London
The ICA has announced details of its All Tomorrow’s Pictures project, launching on May 30 2007, to mark its 60th anniversary.
The project will bring together 60 perceptions of the future by famous names from the visual arts, film, literature, politics, science and sport. A few of these are Jon Snow, Graham Coxon, Dan Holdsworth and Jake and Dinos Chapman.
In a collaboration with Sony Ericsson, the celebrities have been asked to capture a snapshot of the future with a mobile phone camera.
22.03.07 - Art Fund buys rare royal jigsaw cabinet for the nation
The Art Fund has purchased a unique cabinet of jigsaw maps that once belonged to King George III’s children, which it has generously given to Historic Royal Palaces and the V&A Museum of Childhood.
The cabinet and selected maps will first be displayed at Kew Palace, King George’s countryside retreat, when it reopens to the public on March 24 2007.
Culture minister David Lammy placed an export bar on the cabinet after Historic Royal Palaces lost out to a foreign buyer when it came up at auction in 2000.
The Art Fund, keen to see the cabinet enjoyed by the public in Britain, stepped in, buying it outright for £120,000 and presenting it as a gift to Historic Royal Palaces and the V&A Museum of Childhood. They will now jointly share the display and ownership of the cabinet.
Pictured: Kew Palace. Courtesy HRP
21.03.07 - Tracey Emin artwork given away for free in Brighton
Lucky shoppers and commuters in Brighton on Thursday March 22 are set to get a free work of art by Tracey Emin.
Tracey’s art, in the form of a limited run of 5000 travel wallets, is one of nine designs, ideal for season tickets, which have been produced by writers, dancers, musicians and curators.
The artists were commissioned by the Arts Council to respond creatively to the chance to place art in this public, every day context.
The arty travel wallets will be distributed free in Brighton City Centre to commuters shoppers and students between 7.30am and 10.30am at Brighton Station and then from 10.30am to 3.30pm at Brighton University on Lewes Road, Terminus Road, and at Queens Road and Churchill Square.
21.03.2007 - Crich Museum on the look-out for Moggy Minor owners
Crich Tramway Village in Derbyshire is on the look-out for Morris Minor owners to attend their annual Morris Minor Day on Sunday April 22.
The day will play host to vehicle displays, club stands and trade stands. Timed vehicle parades will also feature, with Morris Minors driving through the Village's period cobbled street under the elegant Bowes-Lyon Bridge and weaving in and out of the vintage tram service.
Entry for pre-booked Morris Minors is free. For more details contact Crich Tramway Village on 01773 854321 or visit www.tramway.co.uk to download a booking form.
21.03.2007 - Lost Rachmaninov symphony goes on display at British Library
The original manuscript of Rachmaninov's Second Symphony, presumed lost since its first performance in 1908, will be displayed for the first time in the British Library Treasures gallery from Wednesday March 21.
Generally agreed to be Rachmaninov's greatest orchestral, the manuscript shows the composer's extensive revisions to the orchestration before and after the first performances.
The manuscript had vanished without trace by the time Rachmaninov left Russia for the West in 1917, and its rediscovery among the papers of a deceased collector in Switzerland almost a century later caused great excitement across the classical music world.
The manuscript subsequently became the subject of extended legal proceedings as Rachmaninov's descendants challenged the vendor's entitlement to sell it ata auction. Eventually an agreement was reached, and the manuscript has become the property of the Tabor Foundation, a leading sponsor of the BBC Young Musician of the Year and the Leeds Piano Competition.
20.03.2007 - Army Museum's Falklands exhibition displays historic note
The note recording the radio transmission made by Governor Rex Hunt to the Argentine military personnel who had landed illegally on South Georgia is to go on display for the first time at the National Army Museum.
The note, which has never been on public display, forms part of a new exhibition, Task Force Falklands, which opens to mark the 25th anniversary of the Argentine invasion of the Falklands on 2 April 2007.
Hastily written on a scrap of notepaper, the note is dated Saturday March 20 1982 and instructs the Argentinian party who landed at Leith to "go back on board the BAHIA BUEN SUCESO immediately and report to the BASE COMMANDER AT GRYTIVKEN for further instructions."
"You must not alter or deface any of the notices at Leith. NO military personnell [sic] are allowed to land in SOUTH GEORGIA. NO FIREARMS are to be taken ashore. Govenor [sic] of the FALKLAND ISLANDS.”
For more information about the forthcoming exhibition see the National Army Museum Website
20.03.2007 - Corinium Museum unveils rare treasure hoard
A rare hoard of bronze age gold discovered by a metal detectorist in the Cotswolds in 2004 was finally unveiled at Cirencester's Corinium Museum on Monday March 19.
The 3,000-year-old gold was secured for the museum after a successful fundraising campaign to buy it and keep it in the Cotswolds. The public raised £300,000 enabling the museum to secure £17,000 worth of grant money from the MLA/V&A Purchase Fund, The Headley Trust and The National Art Fund.
19.03.2007 - Amberley Museum's community work secured with lottery funds
The Big Lottery Fund - Reaching Communities, has awarded Amberley Working Museum a grant which will fund the West Sussex Museum’s part-time Volunteer Co-ordinator salary and expenses for the next four years.
Amberley has a remit to preserve the industrial heritage of the region and is now the workplace for some 300 volunteers who restore, display and demonstrate the collection, ranging from Southdown Vintage buses and narrow gauge railway rolling stock to pre computerised printing machinery, telecommunications, electricity and much more.
The Volunteer Co-ordinator has the essential task of recruiting, placing and managing this unique workforce, which possesses exceptional skills and a strong commitment to fulfil the Museum’s remit.
19.03.2007 - Tate gets new artworks in collaborative acquisition with Miami gallery
Miami-based collectors Rosa and Carlos de la Cruz have presented two major contemporary works of art to Tate and the Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA), North Miami. The works will be owned jointly by the American Fund for the Tate Gallery and MOCA.
It comprises the hugely ambitious project No Ghost Just a Shell 1999-2002 by French artists Pierre Huyghe (b 1962) and Philippe Parreno (b 1964), made in collaboration with 15 other artists over a period of three years, and an installation of outstanding importance, Zero Hero 2003-5, by the German artist John Bock (b1965), which was originally presented at the 51st Venice Biennale in 2005.
Tate has previously successfully acquired works for its collection in partnership with other organisations including Bill Viola's Five Angels for the Millennium, which was acquired with The Whitney Museum of American Art, New York and the Centre Pompidou in 2003.
19.03.2007 - Its all cisterns go at Chiltern Open Air Museum
Regular visitors to Chiltern Open Air Museum at Newland Park in Chalfont St Giles in Buckinghamshire will be delighted to know that the long awaited new toilets in the middle of the Museum's site will finally be open from Saturday March 31 in time for the start of the 2007 season.
After several years of fundraising, the new timber, eco-freindly loos boast full disabled access and have been designed to be in keeping with other Museum buildings nearby. They were constructed by the Museum's Buildings Manager, John Hyde-Trutch and his skilled team of volunteers.
"I would particularly like to thank Len Baker, one of our volunteers, who has campaigned tirelessly with the help of many other volunteers and friends for this much needed facility over the last few years," said Museum Director, Sue Shave. "As an acknowledgement of his contribution the new toilets are now affectionately known as the Bakerloos!"
19.03.2007 - Railway Museum globetrotters return home
A team of intrepid explorers from the Monkwearmouth Station Museum, in Sunderland has returned home after a 9,300-mile journey.
The team set out from Sunderland on January 25, arriving in Vietnam's Ho Chi Minh City, formerly known as Saigon, on March 8. Along the way they forged links with schools and museums and collected objects which will be featured in an exhibition at Monkwearmouth.
The journey, which was conducted entirely by rail, was filmed by multi-media company Centre Screen Productions. The resulting film will form the centrepiece of the Sunderland-to- Saigon exhibition, which will be on display at the Museum when it reopens following redevelopment work in summer 2007.