Paintings donated to Erewash Museum

Published on: Monday, 15th January 2018

Paintings by the late Ilkeston artist Rick Scollins have been donated to Erewash Museum to mark the 25th anniversary of his death.

The original watercolours were presented to the museum by donor Barrie Whittamore, a long-time friend of the town’s much-lauded artist.

Rick became a very collectable local artist, he was an accomplished landscape painter and also specialised in military subjects. The images donated to the museum are the originals for his book ‘The Soldier’ which he co-authored with Richard Humble.

Barrie, who together with Rick was a member of comedic local folk band ‘Ram’s Bottom’, has fond memories of his friend. He said:  “Rick was a great friend and band member. He was a talented artist, a good musician and an avid military historian. He was passionate about his home town and a champion of the Erewash Valley dialect – he was a co-author of the popular book Ey Up Mi Duck. He was always a proud Ilkestonian and wanted to preserve our amazing local culture. Sadly he died too young.”

Councillor Mike Wallis, Erewash Borough Council’s Lead Member for Culture and Leisure, has thanked Barrie for the kind donation. He said:“We are very grateful that Erewash Museum is now custodian for this work by a much-loved Ilkeston artist and we are honoured to have received it, our thanks go to Barrie. Rick had many creative strings to his bow and was widely known across the country – particularly for his military work and his work within the folk world.”

The pictures have been taken, along with a collection of other material such as posters, scripts and photos, for conservation before they go on display – but the museum team is keen to hear from anyone who would like to share their memories of Rick. Please email the museum’s Collections Officer Kate Crossley on museum(at), changing the (at) for @ before sending your message.

Erewash Museum is situated in Ilkeston town centre, a short walk from the Market Place. Opening hours are Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday from 10am-4pm, and Monday to Saturday during school holidays.

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  • PHOTO: Collections Officer Kate Crossley with some of the donated artwork.

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