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Director of Collections Management

We asked the Director of Collections Management at National Museums Liverpool why and how they become a conservator

conservator treating a painting

"During a school holiday I helped my father by copying some of his drawings onto a long wall in Newcastle Upon Tyne's Tyneside Cinema for a mural he was painting on the history of cinema. I loved the detailed work, which had to be done very accurately, and was especially proud of my Douglas Fairbanks Junior as the Thief of Baghdad!

I went on to find out about conservation, where dexterity and looking very carefully at objects, materials, textures and shapes were critical skills to develop. I studied at Lincoln School of Art, then Camberwell School of Art, worked as an archives conservator at the National Maritime Museum, then on to the British Museum specialising in fine art on paper. I've been lucky to work with wonderful collections through my career.

Incidentally, the Tyneside Cinema mural was lost behind building refurbishments until a few years ago, when it was accidentally re-discovered by builders; itself then becoming the subject of a major conservation project for a colleague in the North East who specialises in mural conservation. Life goes full circle!"

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