The Sunderland Museum
|The Sunderland Museum|
|the Sunderland Museum
You are inside the Sunderland Museum, currently displaying a collection of work by conceptual artists.
The Sunderland Museum is a Conceptual Art museum located in the suburb of Pescodside. The museum, along with its affiliated Winter Garden in the adjacent Bamford Park, first opened its doors in 1940 in an area of Pescodside now well known for its museums. The Sunderland Museum is perhaps best known for its Modern Art exhibits among which include famous works like "Barnes Park at Christmas" (a minimalist-reduction piece) and "Marsden Rock with Midgets" (early cubism), but it also hosts a fine History of Sports gallery which notably won recent acclaim in the 1973 Paris 'Consectatio Exellentiae' awards. A lesser known fact is that the museum's foyer holds a rare 14th century marble staircase (the Murray Stairs) which is the only known example of its kind on display in North America. The staircase was originally transferred from northern Europe as part of the Colpetti Dell'oro Exhibit.
It should be noted that these days the Sunderland Museum displays an extensive collection of both contemporary and Victorian art and has sections on early industry, ship building, and coal mining. As to how these works of art were transferred from their storage in the basement vault and into the museum's upper floors is still a mystery, as cultured survivors who visit the museum will point out that no such display was present prior to the "Malton Incident".
Historically the Sunderland Museum, along with the Backholer Museum and the Masters Museum, were among the three most prominent museums in Pescodside. In 1968 the museum attained a certain degree of infamy when over a dozen of its most famous paintings were stolen during a daring nighttime burglary. To this day no suspects were accused or arrested, although some people suspect that the museum's curator at the time, a man by the name of Abram Dhurst, was somehow connected with the multi-million dollar theft.
Noted NecroTech scientist, Caleb Usher, has been known to often visit the museums in the NE Corner of Malton from time to time, even amidst all the chaos of the zombie epidemic. A true connoisseur of fine art and literature Caleb does his best to see that the city's masterpieces are preserved and protected from wandering vandals.
This building should be Extremely Heavily barricaded at all times. This is in accordance with the mutually agreed-upon Pescodside Barricade Plan set forth by local survivor groups and the Dulston Alliance, who routinely work together to monitor that the barricades for this building are at the aforementioned level. This building is meant to serve as a safehouse for Malton's veteran survivors.
Survivors who find the building's barricades below their assigned level are asked to assist in raising them back up in order to help ensure the safety of all the survivors staying inside the building. Any survivor found lowering the barricades may be directly "put to the question" by any member of the Dulston Alliance or a vigilante-minded survivor who catches the culprit in the act. If this happens the accused survivor must present a valid reason for their actions or be labeled a zombie spy/death cultist and be judged accordingly. So always be cautious lest you find yourself summarily executed for crimes against humanity.
March 13th, 2010 - Caded at EHB. No lights, no one here. --Destroyerofminds 02:44, 13 March 2010 (UTC)
November 25th, 2008 - The Dulston Infection Treatment and Prevention Squad (D.I.T.P.S) reported that the museum was ruined. Of course there is little doubt in anyone's mind that the cause of this tragedy came from the Militant Order of Barhah, which had devestated the entire suburb in recent weeks. No zombies, or bodies, were inside the building.
December 27th, 2006 - Amongst the piles of blood-stained flyers and empty beer bottles, a large number of mattresses, heaps of ragged clothing, and sheets can be found indicating that a sizable group of people have been living here for some time. In the main foyer someone has written "SUNDERLAND UNTIL I DIE" in what looks like blood, but the words trail off towards the end.
August 19th, 2006 - A member of the Philosophe Knights visited the museum on a fact finding mission in order to catalog the Sunderland Museum's collection. After completing their task the survivor moved on to Malton's other museums.
February 9th, 2006 - Dozens of crumpled and blood-stained paper flyers were found scattered outside the museum today. While their origin is unknown, the fact that they refer to an art show points to the likelihood that the flyers are from pre-"Malton Incident":
A city-wide celebration of contemporary art
The annual Sunderland Art Weekender is now in its fourth year. The weekender is a perfect opportunity for those who live, work, visit or study in Sunderland to explore cultural opportunities on offer across the city. The art show, opened by the chairman of Sunderland football club, brings together a new generation of painters who draw upon historical imagery and idioms to speak about the present. The artists revitalize the tradition of modern painting that runs through Picasso, Picabia and David Salle, which, in response to the extraordinary proliferation of new images characterizing modern visual culture, resignifies the outmoded, forgotten, archaic, or arcane. In contrast to the artistic tradition which attempts to create a pictorial 'year zero' and connects Malevich, Stella and Robert Ryman, the artists here plunder the world of images from the past and present to create new narratives about art and its place in the world.
So join us, as the Sunderland Art Weekender draws in art and culture lovers from the region and beyond, not to mention it is a great chance for students from Chaffie Lane School to explore the world of art. This year includes creative activities for families to take part in, artist's talks and tours, plus a wealth of exhibitions to visit. There really is something for everyone to enjoy.