At the annual meeting in April I was somewhat stunned by President Dan Fox's motion, that I be nominated to be first curator of the new museum. Herewith I would like to thank the members for this honor and I will try to fill this position to the best of my ability. Nothing has changed really, all your executive, including curator, are volunteers, still "pressing on regardless."
I am an ex-Saskatchewan farmer, retired, and a Nanton resident for 1 years. I held a private pilots license for 20 years. I have a general knowledge of all the artifacts in the museum at present. With my being a lifelong aviation enthusiast, it was a natural that I would end up as one of the persons dedicated to preserving Lanc FM159 and our other vintage aircraft.
Enough of that. I do have some ideas which need to be expressed herewith, which pertain to how our future restoration actions need to be undertaken. I have been concerned for some time that we have not really sat down and spelled out how the restoration process will be governed. however, the time to set some basic guidelines is now here.
David Maude, curator of the B.C. Aviation Museum at Sidney, B.C., expressed explicitly, in one of his curator's notes last year, a fundamental guideline for restoration saying, "As a museum, it is our responsibility to restore as accurately as possible. Perhaps the last two words say the story: AS POSSIBLE. I am of the opinion that if it is at all possible to do it right, then do it right. If the wing of an aircraft was made of spruce, don't use fir. If it was covered with cotton, don't use synthetic fabrics. If it had leather upholstery, don't use nogahide."
I hope the Nanton Lancaster Society will adopt this same type of thinking and stick with it. Let's do it slow and right.