Has anyone had any experience getting aged trophy blades restored, e.g
where the varnish has decayed and left the original signwriting nearly
illegible? I'm after either recommendations of conservators or, if
appropriate, methods for undertaking some restoration work myself.
Thames RC is having a major clubhouse rebuild/refurbishment this
summer and this means that everything has come off the walls,
presenting an opportunity to get some of the damage to paintings,
photos and trophy blades seen to (inasmuch as cost allows).
A while ago I did ask the chap (whose name temporarily escapes me) who
does trophy blades and signwriting for the likes of Leander whether he
also did repairs - he does, but it's not really his core business and
I got the impression that it wasn't necessarily something he was so
keen to take on.
Any ideas? I will crosspost to the River and Rowing Museum board when
I can find my log-on details.
Likewise I would appreciate recommendations for good photograph,
paper, and art conservators convenient for Putney. Rachel Wragg at
the R&RM has helpfully given me details of who they use but as they
tend to be Oxford-based, it would be good to find some people slightly
closer to the clubhouse.
Incidentally, given that Thames RC is de facto a public building on
Head days etc, and most of the UK rowing population (and many from
overseas) will end up in our bar at some point, people may be
interested in the progress of our building works. We have started a
We've only posted plans, architects' impressions and 'before' pictures
so far, but photos of the first week's work should go up tonight or
this weekend. Several walls have gone already!