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Fitzwilliam Museum Gets £430,000 Facelift

The Fitzwilliam Museum Photo by Sir Cam via: University of Cambridge

The Fitzwilliam Museum
Photo by Sir Cam via: University of Cambridge

The Fitzwilliam Museum in Cambridge, England, has restored its 1848 portico and freshened up its railings.

The £430,000 ($724,171) conservation project was funded by the institution and the University of Cambridge, and it has taken more than a year to complete.

Damaged by water leaking from the roof, the portico’s plasterwork and intricate frieze, which features children and wild animals, have been returned to their former glory.

The roof has been repaired and unsightly pigeon netting replaced with a less visible system. Lotus-shaped plaster ornaments, which were at risk of dropping down, have been secured.

Perhaps the most spectacular aspect of the project is the painting of the railing in their original colors of dark green and gold. 23.5 carat gold leaf was used on the decorative details.

“The Fitzwilliam is a much-loved local landmark and is internationally recognised for its importance and beauty”, said Museum Director Tim Knox. “We hope that local residents and visitors to the city will enjoy seeing the building returned to its original splendor.”