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Conserving the Peter Pan statue from Sefton Park, Liverpool

The bronze statue of Peter Pan by Sir George Frampton has stood in Sefton Park since 1928. Unfortunately it had suffered from the effects of previous restorations, pollution and vandalism. Vandals had taken Peter Pan’s pipes and had cut a squirrel and a fairy's head off the base of the statue.

In 2001 the sculpture conservation department took the statue to the studio for laser cleaning and repairs. The Victoria and Albert Museum had plaster copies of the missing sections of the statue. Using 3D recording, exact copies of both the fairy head and the pipes were made. A copy of the squirrel was made using more traditional moulding and casting methods. All three pieces were then cast in bronze and reattached to the statue.

Have a look at images taken during the conservation process in the image gallery above. You can also read more about the history and conservation of this much loved statue in a special online feature about Liverpool's Peter Pan, featuring peoples' memories and photos.