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CONSERVATION OF BROWN'S PANORAMA

Brown's Panorama is a bird’s eye view of Louth and the surrounding area, framed in the time warp of a busy sunny day.  Painted in 1844 from the top of St. James’ Church Spire this contemporary nationally important town panorama is on display in the Council Chamber of the Town Hall.  No other town hall in the country has a comparable asset.  The panorama was painted by William Brown and is a remarkable 360 degrees panorama on two oil on linen canvasses each 9 feet by 6 feet.  After William Brown died in 1859 the two paintings disappeared.  They were rediscovered in 1948 by Mayor Alex Slack who purchased them for the town with the aid of the National Art-Collections Fund. 

The Town Council mindful of its responsibility to preserve this important local asset and, since, the painting is on permanent public display, clearly their protection and conservation are important issues.  Therefore, the Town Council, lead by the Mayor, Councillor Mrs. M.W. Finch has had the Panorama cleaned and restored to ensure that it will be available to be viewed by forthcoming generations of townspeople who wish to locate buildings on the Panorama that are important to them.  This is entirely possible as the Town has not changed significantly since the panorama was painted and the vast majority of buildings portrayed on the canvasses are still present in the town.  To facilitate this process and to ensure that the canvasses are not damaged as a result, special high quality low-reflective glass has been fitted to the newly restored canvasses.  One of the Country's leading large canvass conservators recommended by the British Institute of Conservation has undertaken the work.  In December 2006 the canvasses were carefully removed from the Town Hall to the Norfolk studios of the conserver, Kiffy Stainer-Hutchins.  The paintings were returned to the Council Chamber at the Town Hall on Wednesday 9th May 2007.  They are now covered by CCTV cameras to protect their welfare and they are now back on public display.  If you wish to view the Panorama the Council Chamber is open every Wednesday between 2pm and 4pm.  If you wish to view the Panorama at any other time please contact East Lindsey District Council on 01507 601111 before travelling to the Town Hall as sometimes the Council Chamber is in use by private individuals and is not open to the public.

Last modified: 19/05/16