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"Restoration: A Journey Through Time and Beauty" Step into the world as we explore the captivating hints of history and craftsmanship

Background imageRestoration Collection: Tablet of Shamash. beg. 9th c. BC. The sun-god

Tablet of Shamash. beg. 9th c. BC. The sun-god Shamash (right) receiving the Babylonian king Nabu-apla-iddina (left), between two interceding deities

Background imageRestoration Collection: Al-Idrisis world map, 1154

Al-Idrisis world map, 1154
Al-Idrisis world map. This world map, known as the Tabula Rogeriana, dates from 1154, and is orientated with North at bottom

Background imageRestoration Collection: Thomas, Lord Fairfax; Obit 1671, 1811. Creator: Richard Earlom

Thomas, Lord Fairfax; Obit 1671, 1811. Creator: Richard Earlom
Thomas, Lord Fairfax; Obit 1671, 1811. From From "Portraits of characters illustrious in British History from the beginning of the reign of Henry the Eighth to the end of the reign of James

Background imageRestoration Collection: 1854 Crystal Palace Dinosaurs by Baxter 1

1854 Crystal Palace Dinosaurs by Baxter 1
1854. Sydenham Crystal Palace with Benjamin Waterhouse Hawkins dinosaur sculptures in the foreground. 11cm x 16.3 cm. Miniature colour print by the George Baxter patent process of mutiple ink blocks

Background imageRestoration Collection: MG MGC Roadster Britain

MG MGC Roadster Britain

Background imageRestoration Collection: Austin Seven Britain

Austin Seven Britain

Background imageRestoration Collection: Cutty Sark in 1923

Cutty Sark in 1923
The famous tea clipper Cutty Sark in Surrey Docks. The iconic craft now housed in dry dock at Greenwich was severely damaged by a fire whilst under restoration on 21st May 2007

Background imageRestoration Collection: 1862 British prehistoric marine reptiles

1862 British prehistoric marine reptiles
Lithograph with contemporary colouring, continental version of the wallchart produced by Benjamin Waterhouse Hawkins for the Department of Science and Art 1862

Background imageRestoration Collection: 1855 Punch Dinosaurs Crystal Palace

1855 Punch Dinosaurs Crystal Palace
1855 Cartoon from Punchs Almanac of that year, ascribed to John Leech. " A visit to the antediluvian reptiles at Sydenham - master Tom strongly objects to having his mind improved"

Background imageRestoration Collection: A rare British broadsheet illustration with contemporary hand colouring

A rare British broadsheet illustration with contemporary hand colouring, drawn and engraved by John Emslie and published by James Reynolds in 1849

Background imageRestoration Collection: John Milton, English poet

John Milton, English poet
John Milton (1608-1674), English poet. Milton was born in London and was educated at St. Pauls School and at Christs College, Cambridge

Background imageRestoration Collection: Citroen Traction Avant Light 15

Citroen Traction Avant Light 15

Background imageRestoration Collection: Alastair Cumming in Peter Greenaways The Draughtsmans Contract (1982)

Alastair Cumming in Peter Greenaways The Draughtsmans Contract (1982)

Background imageRestoration Collection: 1862 Dinosaurs and Pterosaurs

1862 Dinosaurs and Pterosaurs
Lithograph with later hand colouring combining two of Benjamin Waterhouse Hawkins six wall posters " Waterhouse Hawkins Diagrams of the Extinct Animals" produced for the Department of

Background imageRestoration Collection: Austin-Healey 3000 Pat Moss

Austin-Healey 3000 Pat Moss

Background imageRestoration Collection: Janet Suzman and Anthony Higgins in Peter Greenaways The Draughtsmans Contract

Janet Suzman and Anthony Higgins in Peter Greenaways The Draughtsmans Contract (1982)

Background imageRestoration Collection: Dorothy Gish in Herbert Wilcoxs Madame Pompadour (1927)

Dorothy Gish in Herbert Wilcoxs Madame Pompadour (1927)
Dorothy Gish in Madame Pompadour (1927)

Background imageRestoration Collection: The Wealden, restorations, Crystal Palace Park

The Wealden, restorations, Crystal Palace Park
Original artwork by Walter Ray Woods for Benjamin Waterhouse Hawkins

Background imageRestoration Collection: Church at Ardington

Church at Ardington
Holy Trinity Church, Ardington, Berkshire after restoration work carried out by Joseph Clarke in 1846. Included in the drawing is the churchyard & graves

Background imageRestoration Collection: View at the old town of Modica Italy

View at the old town of Modica Italy

Background imageRestoration Collection: 1894 Haeckel Pithecanthropus ape man crop

1894 Haeckel Pithecanthropus ape man crop
Pithecanthropus europeaus alalus (european speechless ape-man) by Gabriel Max, 1894, reproduced as Photogravure Plate 29 in Ernst Haeckel " Naturliche Schopfungs-Geschichte"

Background imageRestoration Collection: King Charles II, (1907)

King Charles II, (1907). Charles II of England, (1630-1685), King of England, King of Scots, and King of Ireland

Background imageRestoration Collection: Rome / Circus Maximus

Rome / Circus Maximus
Restoration by Canina of the Circus Maximus in its heyday : a chariot race is in progress and the slopes are thronged with spectators. The Imperial Palace is on the left

Background imageRestoration Collection: Lullingstone Castle Gatehouse

Lullingstone Castle Gatehouse
The marvellous Tudor brick gatehouse of Lullingstone Castle, in Eynsford, Kent. Built by Sir John Peche (who became Sheriff of Kent in 1495)

Background imageRestoration Collection: Germany, Bavaria, Nuremberg, Albrecht Durer Haus, Home of the German Renaissance artist with city

Germany, Bavaria, Nuremberg, Albrecht Durer Haus, Home of the German Renaissance artist with city ramparts behind

Background imageRestoration Collection: The Original Co-op, Rochdale, Lancashire

The Original Co-op, Rochdale, Lancashire
On December 21st, 1844, the Rochdale Equitable Pioneers Society commenced trading in this building thereby launching the worldwide Co-operative movement

Background imageRestoration Collection: Walter Gropius office, 1924. Main building, Bauhaus-University Weimar (1904-1911), Germany, 2018

Walter Gropius office, 1924. Main building, Bauhaus-University Weimar (1904-1911), Germany, 2018. Architect: Henry van de Velde. UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1996)

Background imageRestoration Collection: In the oasis of Ghadames, UNESCO world heritage, Libya

In the oasis of Ghadames, UNESCO world heritage, Libya

Background imageRestoration Collection: Anne Louise Lambert in Peter Greenaways The Draughtsmans Contract (1982)

Anne Louise Lambert in Peter Greenaways The Draughtsmans Contract (1982)

Background imageRestoration Collection: European Beaver (Castor fiber) eating blackberries by standing on its hind legs

European Beaver (Castor fiber) eating blackberries by standing on its hind legs and using its tail as additional support. Part of captive breeding population prior to release into the Welsh landscape

Background imageRestoration Collection: South Africa (XIX). Zulu Kingdom (1883). Restoration

South Africa (XIX). Zulu Kingdom (1883). Restoration Cettewayo, king of the Zulus. Cetewayo attends the ceremony indaba conference to meet the Induna (Zulu and Xhosa leaders)

Background imageRestoration Collection: 1862 Megalosaurus reconstruction

1862 Megalosaurus reconstruction
1862 Megalosaurus wallchart after Waterhouse Hawkins with Pterosaurs in background. One of six wall charts entitled " Waterhouse Hawkinss Diagrams of the Extinct Animals" for the Department

Background imageRestoration Collection: 1849 The antidiluvian world by reynolds

1849 The antidiluvian world by reynolds
A rare British broadsheet with contemporary hand colouring, drawn and engraved by John Emslie and published by James Reynolds in 1849

Background imageRestoration Collection: Castle of Pierrefonds, medieval France

Castle of Pierrefonds, medieval France
Castle of Pierrefonds, built circa 1400, restoration by Viollet-le-Duc, 1858. Hand-colored halftone reproduction of a 19th-century illustration

Background imageRestoration Collection: Natural and Moral Philosophy diagram, from The Gentlemans Recreation

Natural and Moral Philosophy diagram, from The Gentlemans Recreation
483354 Natural and Moral Philosophy diagram, from The Gentlemans Recreation published by Richard Blome, 1686 (engraving) by English School

Background imageRestoration Collection: Retablissement du culte catholique, 1802, (1921). Creator: Thomas-Charles Naudet

Retablissement du culte catholique, 1802, (1921). Creator: Thomas-Charles Naudet
Retablissement du culte catholique, 1802, (1921). The restoration of Catholic worship - First Consul Napoleon Bonaparte (1769-1821)

Background imageRestoration Collection: Frost Fair by Jan Griffier the Elder

Frost Fair by Jan Griffier the Elder
The famous Frost Fair taking place on the frozen River Thames in London in 1683. Freezing to around eleven inches thick, the ice was strong enough to hold shops, stalls, coaches and sleds

Background imageRestoration Collection: Rhetorick, from The Gentlemans Recreation published by Richard Blome

Rhetorick, from The Gentlemans Recreation published by Richard Blome
XJF483400 Rhetorick, from The Gentlemans Recreation published by Richard Blome, 1686 (engraving) by English School, (17th century); Private Collection; (add.info)

Background imageRestoration Collection: USA, WA, San Juan Islands. Turn Point Lighthouse on Stuart Island was built in 1893

USA, WA, San Juan Islands. Turn Point Lighthouse on Stuart Island was built in 1893. This duplex home housed the keeper and his family on one side, assistant keeper and his family on the other

Background imageRestoration Collection: O. M 2. 2 litre 1930. Under restoration

O. M 2. 2 litre 1930. Under restoration
O.M 2.2 litre 1930

Background imageRestoration Collection: LCC-LFB Vehicle and equipment workshops complex

LCC-LFB Vehicle and equipment workshops complex
The Headquarters complex at Lambeth SE1 had extensive vehicle and equipment workshops. Maintenance, repair and restoration work could be undertaken by highly skilled mechanics and craftsmen

Background imageRestoration Collection: Studebaker custom

Studebaker custom 1961Unfinished project

Background imageRestoration Collection: Oak Apple Day at Chelsea Hospital

Oak Apple Day at Chelsea Hospital
Lord Roberts takes the salute of the Chelsea Pensioners as they march past the statue of Charles II, which is covered with oak branches in honour of Oak Apple Day

Background imageRestoration Collection: Bevis Marks Synagogue, London, 1889

Bevis Marks Synagogue, London, 1889
Engraving showing the interior of Bevis Marks Synagogue, London, c.1889. Bevis Marks was the first synagogue to be built, after the restoration, by Spanish and Portuguese Jews in Britain in 1701

Background imageRestoration Collection: 17th Century Theatre

17th Century Theatre
The structure of a later 17th century theatre; the audience sitting just below the proscenium at least are under cover

Background imageRestoration Collection: Cutty Sark Passes Cimba

Cutty Sark Passes Cimba
The tea clipper Cutty Sark under full sail passes the Cimba - th Cutty Sark wasa badly damaged whilst under restoration in dry dock in Greenwich on 21st May 2007

Background imageRestoration Collection: The Governors Palace, Williamsburg, Va. 1943. Creator: Howard Hollem

The Governors Palace, Williamsburg, Va. 1943. Creator: Howard Hollem
The Governors Palace, Williamsburg, Va. The capitol of the Virginia colony during the 18th century which was reconstructed and restored to its original state by John D. Rockefeller, Jr

Background imageRestoration Collection: Charles II and General Monk

Charles II and General Monk
LLM338174 Charles II and General Monk by English School, (20th century); Private Collection; (add.info.: Charles II and General Monk)



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"Restoration: A Journey Through Time and Beauty" Step into the world as we explore the captivating hints of history and craftsmanship. From Al-Idrisi's remarkable world map in 1154 to the iconic MG MGC Roadster, Britain's automotive heritage shines through time. In 1854, Crystal Palace unveiled its majestic dinosaurs sculpted by Baxter, transporting us back to a prehistoric era. The whimsical Punch Dinosaurs at Crystal Palace in 1855 added a touch of humor to this ancient spectacle. The Austin Seven and Austin-Healey 3000 Pat Moss represent British engineering excellence, reminding us of an era when cars were crafted with passion and precision. The Cutty Sark gracefully sails through our imagination as we envision her grandeur in 1923. Restorations have preserved her beauty for generations to come. Delve into the depths of history with British prehistoric marine reptiles from 1862. These fascinating creatures offer glimpses into a long-lost world beneath the waves. Citroen Traction Avant Light 15 takes us on a nostalgic ride through time, showcasing French elegance combined with innovative design elements. Alastair Cumming's portrayal in Peter Greenaway's "The Draughtsman's Contract" (1982) reminds us that restoration is not limited to objects but also encompasses artistry and storytelling. Discover The Wealden - an enchanting place where restorations breathe new life into Crystal Palace Park. Immerse yourself in its charm as you witness history being revived before your eyes. Lastly, let us marvel at the timeless allure of dinosaurs and pterosaurs from 1862. These magnificent creatures continue to captivate our imaginations while reminding us of nature's enduring power. Join us on this journey through time as we celebrate restoration – preserving treasures from different eras so they may continue to inspire generations yet unborn.