Two portraits, strongly linked with the history of Nova Scotia, were reunited on Sunday, May 29, during a celebration at Uniacke Estate Museum Park in Mount Uniacke. The event welcomed home the portrait of Susanna Francklin, the wife of one of Nova Scotia’s early political figures, Michael Francklin — lieutenant-governor of the province in the late 1700s. The 240-year-old painting was installed at Uniacke House, next to a portrait of her husband. The portrait is a recent addition to the Nova Scotia Museum collection. Painted about 1762 by John Singleton Copley — a well-known American colonial portrait painter — Susanna’s portrait first arrived in Nova Scotia just after its creation. For many years it was displayed at Uniacke House. It remained in the province until 1927, when the portrait was relocated to Europe. The purchase was co-funded by the Nova Scotia Museum board of governors, through its endowment fund, and Canadian Heritage, through a Movable Cultural Property grant. The grant was provided by the Minister of Canadian Heritage, under the terms of the Cultural Property Export and Import Act. “I am pleased that the government of Canada supports heritage activities in Nova Scotia,” said Scott Brison, Minister of Public Works and Government Services, on behalf of the Minister of Canadian Heritage, Liza Frulla. “This portrait is a wonderful addition to the Uniacke Estate here in Hants County.” “We are delighted to have been a part of facilitating this reunion,” said Lloyd Newman, vice-chair of the Nova Scotia Museum board of governors. “To be able to help repatriate the portrait of Susanna and see it returned to its place in Uniacke House has been an honour for the board of governors.” Michael and Susanna Francklin married in Boston in 1762, and moved to Nova Scotia where they spent the rest of their lives. Michael Francklin’s portrait was purchased by the Nova Scotia Museum in 1982, also with the assistance of Canadian Heritage. Portraits of Susanna Francklin’s parents, the Boutineaus, are also on display at Uniacke House. Together, the artworks form a significant Canadian collection of American colonial portrait paintings. Uniacke Estate Museum Park opens to the public on June 1. The museum will be open daily until Oct. 15.
SMMT has welcomed today’s consultation on the End of Life Vehicles (ELV) Directive, published by the Department of Trade and Industry. The latest government consultation, which proposes an own marque approach to ELVs, is favoured by vehicle manufacturers as this offers the most practical and cost-efficient framework in which free take-back can take place post-2007. Own marque approach Under the own marque approach vehicle manufacturers will be responsible for contracting with a network of authorised treatment facilities to receive and treat their end of life vehicles. This will be accommodated within the existing waste and recycling infrastructure, giving that sector the opportunity to continue to thrive into the future.While the industry is broadly pleased that government will take the own marque approach, SMMT will be lobbying to ensure that the cost burden on manufacturers is kept to a minimum. In particular: The scheme and any costs should be based only on the number of vehicles arising at those networks The cost of vehicles treated outside the official networks established by vehicle manufacturers should be borne by the operator collecting them Operators acting outside the official network must be responsible for meeting obligations imposed by the Directive Independent importers should take responsibility for the vehicles they put into the UK market Free take back must only apply to vehicles that are complete and free of other waste materials Network DensityVehicle manufacturers will develop appropriate networks of take-back facilities based on customer convenience, economic efficiency and the numbers of ELVs arising in a particular area. However, the needs of smaller or niche manufactures will be different to the requirements of volume makers. SMMT will therefore urge government to re-think its proposal to impose a maximum journey distance of 10 miles to treatment facilities and ensure that there is enough flexibility in the regulation to accommodate the varying needs of smaller producers. Recycling Targets While vehicle manufacturers have continually improved the recyclability of their products, the motor industry believes that responsibility for reporting on the levels of recycled materials should rest with Authorised Treatment Facilities. This would ensure a level playing field between contracted and un-contracted facilities and reduce the level of administrative complexity. It would also ensure that the burden on UK manufacturers is no greater than that imposed in other EU member states.Commenting on the latest consultation SMMT chief executive Christopher Macgowan said, ‘We are encouraged that the government has chosen to consult on proposals based on the industry’s favoured own marque approach. As well as minimising the cost burden on industry, this approach represents the most effective method of implementing what is difficult and complex legislation. We look forward to ensuring that a light regulatory touch is reflected in the final draft with no greater costs imposed on UK manufacturers than those operating in mainland Europe.’Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)