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Restored Gallery At The Natural History Museum

26/09/1999, By Richard, 7th Earl of Bradford

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The Natural History Museum has launched the new Jerwood Gallery and its first arts/science exhibition programme to be staged within it. The new Jerwood Gallery has opened following a Ł1.4 million restoration and modernisation since it was badly damaged in the Second World War. The restoration has been made possible by a grant from the Jerwood Foundation.

The Gallery provides an impressive exhibition venue for the Museum’s first arts/science exhibition programme, incorporating contemporary visual art and the Museum’s historical natural history art collections.

Revealing original Alfred Waterhouse terracotta carvings of dogs, wolves and bears, hidden for decades, the restoration includes the exposure of an impressive triple-arched entrance and two intricately coloured stained glass windows at the Gallery’s entrance and rear.

The Natural History Museum’s new arts/science exhibition programme opens in March 2000 with ‘Walking with MacGillivray’ a retrospective of the life and work of this 19th century Scottish natural history artist. It is followed by ‘It’s in your head’ an exhibition of contemporary art exploring the workings of the brain.

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