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The well known and long established Wright & Logan Collection of Warship photographs has been acquired by the Royal Naval Museum, with the aid of a grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund.
The collection consists of around 22,000 negatives, mostly glass plates, of Warships from 1924-1998. Most of the major ships from the period are covered, but the collection is not entirely comprehensive and there are many minor vessels that are not represented. There were no photographs taken during the Second World War, with the result that many war built vessels were not captured on film.
The collection has in the past been used as a commercial business, and the Museum now needs to spend a considerable amount of time working to conserve the images, and to bring them up to the standard required, as a museum archive collection.
The negatives need to be catalogued, conserved, copied and stored in our environmentally controlled store. This will ensure the long-term survival of the original images, and will in the end, lead to a much better service being made available to the public.
A further lottery grant has been awarded to install new facilities and equipment, and to provide materials and staff to accomplish the next phase of the project. It is planned that the conservation will take place over a period of three years, starting in January 2001, and during that time, access to parts of the collection for public use will be gradually introduced as the work is completed.
The Wright & Logan Collection is an important record of Warship design in the 20th Century, and is a valuable addition to the Royal Naval Museum's existing photographic collection. The conservation project will ensure that it remains intact as a source of reference for the future.
Curator of Photographs
1 November 2000
Created on the 1 November 2000