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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.

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

Victorian Treasures – A conservation perspective

10 March

My colleague Alex Patterson has described in a previous blog how this fantastic display of works from National Museums Liverpool’s collections formed part of a touring exhibition that went to four venues in Japan over 2015 and 2016. Read more about Victorian Treasures – A conservation perspective

Other projects

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

Contact the department

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