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This Neapolitan virginals, formerly at Finchcocks, was acquired by the Horniman in 2016 with the support of the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF). It is now under restoration by Ben Marks in the Horniman’s Conservation Lab, on site at the Museum.
The Horniman and the HLF are sponsoring jointly a Study Day at the Horniman's Conservation Lab where the restoration of the virginals to good playing order is in progress.
The instrument, which will be at least partly disassembled, will be able to be viewed, and Ben Marks will talk about practical aspects of the restoration, its documentation and the general approach towards the work.
Two volunteers, who have been engaged in different aspects of the project, will talk about their experience and Nicky Newman, a specialist conservator, will speak about the restoration and consolidation of the instrument’s painted outer case.
Mimi Waitzman, Deputy Keeper of Musical Instruments at the Horniman, will speak about the future of the virginals at the Museum, its installation and planned engagement activities for 2019-20. Ideas about the scope and direction of future musical instrument-related activities at the Horniman will be welcomed.
Please note: This day is now fully booked but there is currently a waiting list. To add your name to the waiting list please email firstname.lastname@example.org, including your name, postal address, email address, contact phone number and whether or not you have any access or dietary needs.
Places are limited to 15 places. Attendance is free, but a ticket is required.
A light lunch and refreshments will be provided. Participants must arrange for their own transport to and from the Workshop, and are encouraged to use public transport as parking in the vicinity of the Horniman is limited.
Tickets will be allocated on a first-come, first-served basis. To book, please fill in the form. A separate confirmation email will be your admission token. Please present it on the day to obtain entrance.