The results of two years of work were on display today, Oct. 3, as the Maritime Museum of the Atlantic and the Maritime Ship Modelers Guild unveiled a refurbished, 13-foot model of the Cunard liner, RMS Franconia. Originally donated to the museum by the Cunard Line in 1955, the model spent many years languishing in storage, in need of repair. In July of 2003, the Franconia Project officially began as members of the Maritime Ship Modelers Guild took on the challenge of the restoration. Treating the model like an archaeological site, volunteers completely dismantled each piece of the ship and carefully catalogued all of the parts. The modelers then identified the tasks that needed to be tackled, assigning a working group from the modeler’s complement to each of the various steps. The model is an example of a builder’s model, large models that were constructed at the same time as the ships themselves, using the same plans. Intended to grace the boardrooms, lobbies and ticket offices of steamship companies, these models had a unique level of accuracy, finish and detail. Thanks to the specially built workshop constructed to house the model during refurbishment, the lengthy restoration process became one of the museum’s most popular working exhibits. Countless museum visitors witnessed the evolution of the project first-hand, taking advantage of the opportunity to speak directly with the volunteers. Commodore Ronald Warwick, captain of the Queen Mary 2, returned to the museum to help members of the guild and museum staff celebrate the completion of the project. In 2004, during the Queen Mary 2’s inaugural visit to Halifax, Commodore Warwick participated in the Franconia Project by reinstalling the model’s funnel. The restored Franconia now has a permanent spot in the museum’s displays. The Maritime Museum of the Atlantic is located at 1675 Lower Water St. in Halifax, and is open from 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
A taxi company has been forced into a U-turn over a sexist ad that mocks “fat and ugly” older women.The posters show an older, overweight model with her finger in her mouth telling people to call a cab if they find her attractive.The caption reads: “If I start to look sexy book a taxi. Don’t make bad decisions because you have had one too many!”The campaign was created by Bristol-based CityFox which claimed it carried a serious underlying message to people about getting home safe after drinking. The company also published similar posters aimed at women featuring a greasy-looking, tattooed man leering at the camera with a beer in his hand.It has now withdrawn the adverts after complaints, but several flyers featuring the female model are still on display across Bristol.Bristol Women’s Voice condemned the campaign, claiming it reinforced harmful gender stereotypes.Chairwoman Penny Gane said: “We are appalled to see this advert being used by CityFox Taxis in central Bristol.”Images such as this are antiquated and reinforce harmful gender stereotypes and messages that women are to be judged by their physical appearance alone as well as being fat and age-shaming.”It is unacceptable for businesses to use derogatory and sexist images, especially when targeting younger audiences.”This should be seen as an opportunity to present modern images that challenge harmful stereotypes and present a broad range of representations that young people can relate to.”Whilst we would, of course, endorse the message of keeping safe, this advert assumes that all students will be drinking heavily and looking for ‘sexy’ women.”The advert is aimed at men, and normalises and encourages this behaviour.”Sophie Palmer, marketing and communications manager at CityFox Group, said: “As one of the West Country’s biggest taxi providers, we see all too often the effects that excessive alcohol consumption can have on people’s safety and wellbeing, and the destructive consequences for society when this leads to anti-social behaviour.”This campaign featured two posters – one depicting a male and one a female – in an attempt to encourage people to think about the need to be able to get home in a safe and orderly manner when they’ve had a few too many to drink.”We make no apology for using humour and hard-hitting messages to highlight this issue – in order for people to think about the possible effects of their behaviour it is necessary to get their attention and get a reaction. The campaign has attracted many positive comments.”However, it would never be our intention to cause embarrassment or offence, and as such we have withdrawn the campaign.”We want people to enjoy the benefits of a night on the town, but also to make sure they get home safely afterwards, and we are always happy to work positively with any individual or organisation to achieve this aim.” Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings. Images such as this are antiquated and reinforce harmful gender stereotypes and messages that women are to be judged by their physical appearance alone as well as being fat and age-shamingBristol Women’s Voice