Re­stored fig­ure­heads find new home

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what is the most am­bi­tious sculp­ture con­ser­va­tion pro­ject cur­rently tak­ing place in the UK, 14 mon­u­men­tal 19th-cen­tury naval fig­ure­heads have been saved from de­cay for the na­tion.

From spring 2020, th­ese icons of Bri­tain’s mar­itime history will be on pub­lic dis­play at The Box in Ply­mouth. The Box is the largest mu­seum & art gallery space open­ing in the UK next year and will be the biggest arts & her­itage cen­tre in the South West of Eng­land when it opens. Three spe­cial­ist con­ser­va­tion teams in Lon­don, Devon and Corn­wall, led by Or­bis Con­ser­va­tion, have spent over two years painstak­ingly restor­ing the 14 wooden fig­ure­heads to their for­mer glory, af­ter years of wa­ter dam­age led to rot and de­cay. On loan from the Na­tional Mu­se­ums of the Royal Navy, the carved fig­ure­heads, were built to adorn the bows of 19th-cen­tury naval war­ships.

The fig­ure­head, Royal Wind­sor, ar­riv­ing at The Box in Ply­mouth in Oc­to­ber

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