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Conserving Liverpool's Nelson monument

The sculpture conservation team laser cleaned the Nelson monument in Exchange Flags Square, Liverpool in preparation for the bicentenary of Nelson's death in 2005. This involved removing the prisoner sculptures from the base of the monument for laser cleaning in the conservation studio. The main section of the sculpture was conserved on site under protective scaffold and hoarding.

During summer 2005 visitors to the Merseyside Maritime Museum had a sneak preview of the finished monument, when the museum exhibited one of the newly conserved prisoner statues in a special display as part of that year's Sea Britain celebrations. You can read about the display and see further information about the Nelson monument here.

Have a look at the monument before, during and after conservation in the image gallery above.