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The restoration of the images enters its final phase

The restoration of the images enters its final phase
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The conservation element of the MBTG project is entering its final phase with the restoration of digitally enhanced images of many of its former pupils and a teacher, who died in the Great War, to Central Hall.

New mount shown above an old colour photocopy

The restoration element of the project has aimed to preserve the century-old original images by removing and loaning them to the Public Record Office of Northern Ireland (PRONI) for conservation and analysis. This was necessary as many of the photographs had become harmed over the last century through light and water damage.

Old colour photocopies being removed and new mounts inserted

The original images were taken down last year (2017) and replaced with colour photocopies. These colour photocopies are being replaced this week with digitally enhanced copies of the originals that PRONI have digitally restored to the way they would have looked when they were placed in Central Hall (CH) during and after the Great War.

Images being replaced on the north wall of CH.

Altogether, 107 images are being restored to CH of 106 individuals (James Porter, for some reason, has two images in CH). This process is expected to be completed over the next few weeks. Altogether, 126 former pupils and one member of staff from CCB were killed during the Great War but not all had images placed in CH.

Ceaning the glass in the frames