Andy Sheffield, Max Birchenough, Pete Thomas and John Olsen were once again inside the museum to continue with the winter maintenance programme. Ian Evans was on the site early, ensconced inside the Host wagon guards van, to conduct a count of the number of photographic slides that we still need to scan, record and archive in preparation for a grant submission.
This morning Max joined John up on the scaffold tower as safely taking down the largest and heaviest nameplates required two pairs of hands. The plates were cleaned and polished by Pete and Andy and then restored to their positions on the wall. The plates on the left hand side were tackled first, and once all of them were back up the scaffold tower was moved to the right to reach the remainder.
The change of side was a convenient moment to take our morning coffee break in the warmth of the cafe, where we were joined by Ann McCanna and Mike Green for our topical chat, chocolate biscuits and coffee. Post coffee Ian returned to join the outdoor gang as they continued their Herculean relaying of Ty Mawr.
Back inside the museum the tower team took up their position on high and took down the remaining nameplates for cleaning and polishing. With the last nameplate back on the wall the scaffold tower was dismantled and carried down the stairs and the cleaning and polishing gear cleared away before we hung the Christmas coloured lights up in the Neptune Road window, utilising the hooks we installed for this very purpose last year.
Photos by John Olsen