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paintings conservation studio

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In the paintings conservation studio we look after National Museums Liverpool's varied collections,  which range from well known old masters and Victorian works to a growing collection of contemporary paintings.

We ensure that the paintings on display and those in storage are kept in stable, clean environments, condition checking them and carrying out any necessary treatment to conserve them.

As well as practical treatments we carry out research into the techniques and materials of our collections. This often involves liaising with conservators from other institutions.

We prepare paintings that go out on loan to exhibitions in the UK and abroad. We ensure each painting is robust enough to travel and work with the handling and transport team to ensure they are adequately protected in transit. We also condition check and monitor paintings on loan to temporary exhibitions in our venues.

Further information

Blog posts

Read about some of the paintings we have conserved on the blog.

During treatment photograph. Varnish has been removed from the left sided of her face.

Revealing Murillo…treatment underway

10 May

The practical treatment of Bartolomé Esteban Murillo’s altarpiece Virgin and Child in Glory (1673) has been progressing at a steady pace. Read more about Revealing Murillo…treatment underway

It begins! The conservation of Murillo’s Virgin and Child in Glory

16 March

A detail image illustrates some of the noticeable alterations to the surface, dark spots visible across the putto. These are aged retouching; work done by a past conservator or restorer to replace areas of loss or damage in a painting. Read more about It begins! The conservation of Murillo’s Virgin and Child in Glory

Other projects

Follow the links below to find out more about some of the fascinating discoveries we've made about these paintings:

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