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Sculptures damaged by BBC staff

James Watt, by Francis Legatt Chantrey
The base of the James Watt sculpture was damaged

Two sculptures in the National Portrait Gallery in Edinburgh have been damaged after being knocked over by a BBC crew.

A bronze sculpture of Donald Dewar and a marble bust of James Watt - which was on loan from Heriot Watt University - were damaged in Thursday's incident.

The BBC said it regretted the incident and was working with insurers to assess the damage.

National Galleries of Scotland it was working with the BBC to ensure the works were repaired quickly.

An NGS spokeswoman said: "The incident occurred before the gallery was open to the public.

"The damage was caused when a member of a BBC film crew accidentally knocked into a sculpture (Donald Dewar by Archibald Forrest, bronze, 2000) which fell over, causing slight damage to the bronze head and also minor damage to the base of another work (James Watt by Sir Francis Legatt Chantrey, marble, 1827-1832).

"The BBC and the NGS are working together to make sure the works are repaired appropriately and swiftly."




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