The Lees of Stratford Gallery has received an update, with the final touches completed just this past Friday. We are very excited to be able to bring new interpretive information and objects into the gallery, which will hopefully please both new and returning visitors.
The update includes new object label text with more stories about the Lees and other residents of Stratford; added screening to our lights to cut down levels near light-sensitive objects; and new object mounts to make sure the artifacts are safe and secure.
Jenn from SurroundArt made over 60 mounts in the course of 5 days! For those counting, that just might be a mount-making record.
Kat Marshall put her skills to work cutting out all the new labels for the gallery.
Carlos from SurroundArt carefully rehangs the Lee family coat of arms on its new mounting system (much better than a single nail).
New objects in the cases include: fragments from a rat’s nest found in the Great House’s attic (see here for my previous post); the original Hall chandelier hook; Arthur Lee’s writing box; a tureen and ladle from the Storke/Stuart period of Stratford ownership; an original pot hook and birdhouse from Stratford; buttons from Robert E. Lee’s uniforms and a vase used to hold flowers at his funeral.
And a big thank you goes to those donors who helped fund this project:
- 2009 Update Funding Provided In Part By David H. Walker, Tranquillity, Reedville, Virginia
- Conservation Funding Provided in Part By Mr. and Mrs. Peter Irving Channing Knowles II, Richmond, Virginia