We are currently carrying out conservation work to the marble memorial wall and granite plinth in the museum.
Both the black marble memorial wall (sable de noir) and the granite plinth were made for the original War Memorial building which opened in 1963 on Waring Street. They were extracted and integrated into the museum on Talbot Street when we relocated in 2008.
In 2008 the Northern Ireland War Memorial was awarded a Royal Society of Ulster Architects award for the integration of the memorial wall and other artworks in the new museum.
The Northern Ireland War Memorial became an Accredited Museum in 2013.
RL Conservation will treat the marble wall and granite plinth in August to address a number of issues which include:
- unskilled historic repairs with synthetic resins
- grout residue and scratches
- the high gloss finish which is distracting to viewers
- handling dirt from daily use, incidental paint residue on plinth
- residue from floor adhesives at base of plinth from original location in Waring Street
RL Conservation will clean the marble wall and granite plinth, address the issues above and apply a protective coating in a matte finish.
The museum will remain open while this important work takes place and we will try to keep disruption to a minimum.
Our conservator will be happy to answer any questions you have so call in and see the work in progress on Wednesdays and Thursdays throughout August.