By George, it's Stewart Bale!

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black and white photo of Liverpool waterfvront

Panorama of the Liverpool waterfront, 1952, by Stewart Bale Ltd

Next week St George's Hall in Liverpool will reopen to the public after a major refurbishment. The week-long celebrations will include special Son et Lumiere displays in the evenings, with 800 years of the city's history projected onto the side of the building.

I don't want to spoil the surprise too much, but one of the images used in the displays will be this panorama of the Liverpool waterfront from the Stewart Bale archive held at Merseyside Maritime Museum.

We are highlighting the fantastic photos from the Stewart Bale archive in a series of themed online exhibitions this year, starting with the current Waterfront, docks and shipping one. Look out for a new one each month throughout the summer.

Our very own sculpture conservation team laser cleaned the relief sculpture on St George's Hall and the cenotaph on the plateau outside. Find out how they use cutting edge techniques to conserve historic monuments on the conservation technologies web pages.