Students of the department Conservation and restoration of the University of Amsterdam had a workshop on the ss Rotterdam. The workshop was called ‘Identification of materials and damages, preventive conservation and first aid’. Their specialities were: Historical Interiors, Contemporary Art and Photography. They rendered first aid to Praise of the follies (Lof der Zotheid), Dreamcity (Droomstad), Jezus abates the storm (Jezus bedaart de storm), The miraculous catch of fish (De wonderbaarlijke visvangst) and two big pictures. The intention is that the students will return to the ship for future conservation and restoration.
During the past two weeks students of the University of Amsterdam examined art, interior and pictures on the ss Rotterdam. As a part of the master Conservation and restoration of Cultural heritage the university organized together with the Cultural heritage Agency a six-day workshop on board. The international group of students made reviews and rendered ‘first aid’ when necessary. In their reports they give advise for further measures to be taken.
On November 26 Nico Guns presented to Jennifer Westers the first copy of the book ‘ss Rotterdam A world class heritage’. This book is a translated and extended version of a previous Dutch edition. It is for sale in the Lynbaanshop on board and in bookshops (Gbooksinternational ISBN 9 789492 368454).
From the left to the right Harry and Jennifer Westers of WestCord Hotels and Nico and Arnout Guns (pictures by Jan-Willem Koene)
During November the Ocean Bar has been transformed into the Ocean Wine Bar. We took part in de process by giving advise about furniture and restoring the cupboards behind the bar. Some of the doors of the cupboards were missing and the decoration had been damaged through the years. Our volunteers managed it to replace the doors and to recreate the decoration. PrinterPro of Rotterdam printed the decoration on foil and fixed it to the doors of the restored cupboards. Our volunteer Jan Fahner managed the whole process. The decoration was originally designed in 1959 by Mrs. Mutters-Roth and was made of Perstorp.