Restored figureheads find new home
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