team use traditional methods but they advised us that the “Girl on the Strand” couldn’t wait for us to raise the money but needed emergency treatment now. When the tides and fading American hurricanes permit they will go over and face the mural with Japanese paper and linen which will stop any further flaking.
sealed against the destroying damp. Our mural conservation will also come under this project.
We still need to appeal for funds because if we are successful in obtaining a grant from HLF we will need matching funds as part of the project. The “Brenda Chamberlain Carreg Murals” fund is still open for donations or promises.
We are keen that that these murals will be worthy of Brenda Chamberlain in her centenary year, 2012.
I’d be pleased to receive comments, about the murals or Brenda Chamberlain, from any reader - directly to me or through the Trust. Peter Lockyer
These two pictures, taken 30 years apart, show what has been lost.
“Figures in a Boat”, has fared much better. It’s drawn in orange crayon with some overdrawing but has additions by another hand on the face and elsewhere. This was noted in the 1984 report on the murals but since September 2010 more damage has occurred. This mural, reminiscent of “The Fisherman’s Return” at the National Museum Wales, has some sensitive detail.
*Brenda Chamberlain’s Bardsey. House and Gardens, April 1959.
Jill Piercy’s biography of Brenda Chamberlain is due for publication in 2012
Edgar Pritchard The Trust was recently contacted by the niece of Edgar Pritchard with an enquiry about his papers.
‘My late Uncle Edgar Pritchard made many visits to Bardsey Island following the second world war. I am not sure how he became associated with the island initially. By profession he was a surveyor, but had much success as an amateur photographer and film maker. Many of his photos of Bardsey Island are held in the library at Aberystwyth University.
© Crown copyright: Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historical Monuments of Wales © Hawlfraint y Goron: Comisiwn Brenhinol Henebion Cymru
While we have been consulting, the Trust too has been deliberating and has developed its five year plan. It has absorbed us into its ideas and the latest thinking is that it will apply for a Heritage Lottery Fund grant to re-roof and re-face Carreg Fawr making it weather proof and
Two of his films were made on the island, one, "Island Artist", about Brenda Chamberlain who lived on the island, and the second "Island in the Current" about life on the island. Recently I have found around 80 or so typewritten pages about the island and its occupants, many of whom he regarded as close friends and who are named in these writings.’
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