Towneley Hall Society marks 50th anniversary

Dignitaries and Towneley Hall Society members examining the painting 'How Liza loved the King' after its unveiling by Sir Simon Towneley the society's patron. (s)
Dignitaries and Towneley Hall Society members examining the painting 'How Liza loved the King' after its unveiling by Sir Simon Towneley the society's patron. (s)

The 50th anniversary of the Towneley Hall Society is being celebrated in an exhibition showing some of the fabulous acquisitions funded by the society, along with details of other projects with which it has been involved.

The Society has also paid £4,000 for the cleaning, repair and restoration of the painting “How Liza Loved the King”, unveiled when Sir Simon Towneley officially opened the exhibition during a celebration at the hall on Monday.

The society has also funded the purchase of two Discobolus figures at a cost of £8,600. The original, once part of Charles Towneley’s collection, is in the National Gallery. It can be seen in the foreground of the Zofany painting at the Hall.

The Mayor and Mayoress, Coun. Andy and Lorna Tatchell, and Gordon and Kathleen Birtwistle attended along with Phillip Bourne and Janice Porter from Lancashire Conservation Studio, Preston, who carried out the work on the painting and also gave a slide presentation explaining how it was done. Also present was Bernard Rostron, chairman of the British Association of Friends of Museums.

Afterwards society members and guests enjoyed afternoon tea in the green Regency Room at the Hall. (s)