Autumn 2006 Issue 54
The success of the Jameel Gallery of Islamic Art (highlighted in the previous Journal) and the excellent reviews of the Dorothy and Michael Hintze Galleries have been a source of considerable pride for the Department this year, and spurs us on to the next projects. The Jewellery Gallery (sponsored by William & Judith Bollinger), which will open in July 2008 (Viegas), and the Medieval and Renaissance Galleries due to open in 2009 (Borges, Marques), are now being worked on alongside exhibitions. Away from the spotlight, equally important conservation projects are underway, through the generous support of external funding. This work will make valuable areas of the collections previously in too poor a condition to view, once more accessible (Kelly) and as a direct result of the conservation work, there are now suggestions being made for a short exhibition of this material. Education and research (Richmond, Richardson) remain a key focus for the Department. Our congratulations are extended to Naomi Luxford and Barbara Schertel, the latest graduates from the RCA/V&A Course, and we wish them well for the future. The Department has also hosted work placements for 'A'-level students, through the Global Graduates scheme and in association with Imperial College, and continues to offer placements and internships to training and practicing conservators and scientists.
Finally, we say goodbye to our Production Editor, Michelle Murray, who is to return to education to undertake a teacher training course. Having spent the last two years brilliantly organising an unruly Journal Editorial Board, I am sure that teaching sixth-formers Art will be a breeze. We wish her well and thank her for all that she has contributed to the success of the Journal.