Funding Boost For Conservation
Of WWI Facial Injury Portraits
Culture 24 – UK
By Marian Cleary
07 May 2008
An urgent conservation project to preserve portraits of facially disfigured World War I soldiers is to receive a funding boost with a £10,000 grant from the Museums Libraries and Archives Council (MLA).
The £42,000 project aims to conserve 72 pastel portraits drawn by Henry Tonks during his time working as a doctor with Harold Gillies’ facial reconstruction team at Cambridge and then at Sidcup during 1916 and 1917.
The grant is from the MLA’s Prism Fund, which is designed to help preserve material of industrial and scientific importance. It is hoped that this year’s grant will be matched next year with a further £10,000.