Bantry House are delighted to announce a partnership with the German university of Stuttgart to restore many of its beautiful and historic artefacts. The Staatliche Akademie der Bildenden Künste (www.abk-Stuttgart.de) is the oldest university in Germany to offer exceptional high and academic training in the field of conservation of artefacts.
In March 2016, Professor Volker Schaible, (Director) and Dipl. Rest. Peter Vogel (head of conservation) came to Bantry, to assess the condition of the collection and also of the fabric of the House. It was agreed to send the first group of 3rd and 4th year students, together with a tutor to Bantry House during a period over this summer. They will begin to work on a painting which is in a serious state of decay. They will also work on other pieces. The work will be carried out in Bantry House, the conservators will live on the premises.
In a press release Bantry House says “This co-operation with ABK Stuttgart is a most wonderful development in the history of Bantry House, very much in keeping with the spirit of Richard White, the second Earl of Bantry, who repeatedly travelled to Europe to make his collection and to bring European cultural goods to West Cork . Ties were formed then and are being renewed now. We are sure this co-operation will benefit both parties and we very much hope that this is the beginning of a long and successful relationship”.
The Academy offers specialist courses in the Conservation of Paintings and Polychromed Sculpture, Conservation of Objets d’Art, Conservation of Archival and Librarian Goods and the Conservation of Wall Paintings and Architectural Surfaces.
For the owners of Bantry House, it is a development beyond anything they could have expected when a major restoration of the house and garden began a few years ago.
Bantry House and Gardens are open to the public throughout the year, and tickets to its garden are also included in the West Cork Garden Trail garden lovers ticket.