Our opinion service lets you find out more about how to care your objects.
Do you have a treasured object at home that you’d like some advice about?
Our conservators are dedicated to caring for the collections of National Museums Liverpool. However, they are also available to offer you advice on the care of your objects. To find out more about how to care for your object, please make an appointment with the most suitable conservation department:
- Ceramics, pottery, mosaics, glass - contact our ceramics section
- Picture frames and gilding - contact our frames section
- Metals, including bronze, iron and steel, pewter, silver and gold - contact our metals section
- Organics including leather, bone, horn, ivory and plastics - contact our organics section
- Oil paintings on canvas or panels - contact our paintings section
- Paper including watercolours, prints, drawings, books, documents and photographs - contact our paper section
- Sculpture and stone and marble - contact our sculpture section
- Ship models, architectural and any other models - contact ship and historic models conservation
- Boats, ships, vehicles and machinery - contact our engineering and maritime section
- Textiles, costume, samplers etc - contact our textiles section
- Taxidermy - we regret we no longer offer this service but our zoology department at World Museum may be able to help you
If you are not sure who you should contact you can email the collections management division.
About the opinion service
When you come in for your appointment remember to wrap your object well to protect it for the journey.
Please note that conservators give advice on object care, handling and storage. They are not able to provide valuations. If you need information about the object’s history, rather than its care and preservation, please make enquiries at the information desk to see a curator at one of National Museums Liverpool’s other museums or galleries.
Objects will be examined in the presence of the owner and will not be dismantled for examination.
If objects need conservation treatment, advice on how to find a conservator will be provided. National Museums Liverpool cannot be held responsible for any work undertaken. Objects cannot be accepted for treatment or storage by National Museums Liverpool.
Information on conservation practitioners and suppliers
National Museums Liverpool does not provide endorsement of any company or product related to conservation or restoration, nor any warranty that a particular company, product or process will prove suitable for your requirements. Any decision by you to employ a company or product is entirely at your own risk and the trustees of National Museums Liverpool cannot accept any liability whatsoever should the result not be to your satisfaction.
In taking note of the above information, you are warned and deemed to have accepted that any recourse for loss, damage or injury is against the company or manufacturer concerned and not against the trustees of National Museums Liverpool.