Since my last post, there have been no further developments relating to the appeal for news of the shinty painting although there has been lots of interest. This lunchtime I appeared on BBC Radio Cafe to talk about the search and I will keep you updated if any new information comes to light. I remain ever optimistic and hopeful that the mystery will be solved and that my “little grey cells” can momentarily take a break!
To Portrait Gallery building work now – the Society of Antiquaries Library has embarked upon its journey to become a new resource and learning centre.
The Library will be re-sited from the top floor (to enable the original architectural plans for a suite of top-lit galleries to be realised) to occupy the south-west side of the first floor.
On looking at the recent photograph, ‘painstaking’ seems a somewhat tame word to describe the process of dismantling and, in time, reassembling each and every individual part of the Library’s structure – could this be the world’s largest jigsaw puzzle? Once reassembled, the Library will contain displays of smaller items from the collection and also provide a space where contemplation and study can be the order of the day. The top floor of the refurbished Gallery will include ten exhibitions and the space formerly occupied by the Library, will host the exhibition Church and State.
As I write this I’m casting my mind back to my trip, earlier in the week, to the Black Watch Museum in Perth, where I was greeted at the entrance by the most beautiful of yellow labradors (and also rueing the chance I didn’t take a photograph because I’m determined to somewhere in one of my posts, squeeze an animal photograph in). All I can say is all museums should have one!