Friends of the Sedgwick Museum

For our first display we drew on our connection with our closest supporters, the Friends of the Sedgwick Museum. Chairman Peter Friend and Friends Member Carol Franklin curated a display of images, memories and facts based on a Friends field trip to Spain, focusing on how the two of them experienced the trip from different viewpoints based on their knowledge, motivation and interests.

Curated by Chairman Peter Friend and Friends Member Carol Franklin
Opened in October 2014



Who are the Friends?
We are a group devoted to the support of this Museum.  Our members are of all ages and backgrounds who are welcome to attend talks and join in summer visits and other events in our year-round program. Throughout the years, we have raised funds to support projects in the Museum, such as prizes for students to finance their work with a member of Museum staff for a month during the summer. Anyone can apply to be a member of the Friends.

Why did we go to Spain
The area in Almeria, Southern Spain, is one of the driest in Europe, so conditions are desert-like and the lack of plant-life makes it easy to study the rocks.  The geological history is also very different to that visible in Britain because it has resulted from the collision, over the last few million years, of the Spanish and African tectonic plates of the Earth’s crust.

Most Marble is formed by calcite sedimentary grains and crystals deposited on a shallow sea floor and buried by other sediment, before being folded by mountain building that occurred when Africa and Spain collided - Peter
It struck me that few visitors ever see the quarry. Many people come to Spain and never leave the coast. When I think now I remember being awestruck with the enormity and sense of power and strength and sheer magnificence of it all - Carol
In Southern Spain, near the market town of Sorbas, some of the thickest layers of gypsum known anywhere in the world were deposited in a side branch of the Mediterranean Sea about 5 million years ago, when the sea was being evaporated under exceptionally dry climatic conditions - Peter
I knew that the material is used in the making of many types of plaster, but have since realised that gesso, the traditional support for oil/egg tempora painting, used by the Renaissance painters was made from gypsum.  The Italian ‘gesso’ corresponds to English ‘gypsum’ - Carol