How we support organisations: some of our recent funding donations
For Southampton City Art Gallery
Recent funding we have gifted includes:
Help with conservation of frames, paintings and sculpture including funding for the frame of Claude Monet's Church at Vetheuil. The conservation appeal we are working on currrently is for a new frame for Mark Gertler's portrait of The Rabbi and his Grandaughter.
We also paid for the catalogue for the recent exhibition celebrating the partnership with the National Gallery.
Our contributions allow the Gallery to make purchases that it would not have finding for & also to access funding opportunities from organisations that need "matched funding" from a local source.
Support for Seacity Museum
An example of the support we can give to Sea City Museum, through Maritime & Local History Collections Service, is a recent donation of a painting (featured) by Joyce Pallot of The Quayside in Southampton. This painting came up at auctions & would have been lost to the City if the friends had not helped to buy it.
Support for the City Archives
We encourage our members and others to donate items of interest to the City Archive Services.An example of material in the City Archives is the log book of Southampton resident, Alan Ellery (pictured), which helps build up a picture of Southampton in the blitz. The Archives has a number of log books & diaries by local people but what is unique about this one is that Alan worked for the Electricity Department so his detailed log includes information of damage sustained to electricity supplies and the costs of repair.
Supporting personal donations
The Friends is a charity and can help allow individual benefactors to make gifts and long term loans to the City Museums or Art Gallery. An example is the two library celestial globes (pictured) that were gifted to us by a private collector, on condition they are placed on display for the "enjoyment of the public"