After only half a day's extension to our deadline – we did it!
Thank you very much indeed to all the many people involved in making this happen: to all our many generous donors, named and anonymous, to the great team at the Art Fund, and to all my colleagues at Norwich Castle who have been working so hard on many different aspects of the project since December.
We can now look forward to thinking through the practicalities of the gilding project. The gilders we will work with are very experienced and come recommended by museum professionals nationally and internationally. Choosing a workshop accustomed to working with important historical frames like ours is vital. Getting the character of a frame appropriate for the picture it surrounds is as important as conserving a painting itself. There are many choices to be made.