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Conservation Interns Visit NML

25 August 2011 by Eleanor

Interns outside the new museum of liverpool

Interns outside the Museum of Liverpool

On Tuesday 23 August interns funded through the Icon-HLF scheme travelled from far and wide to attend a visit to National Museums Liverpool’s (NML’s) conservation studios.  There are three current conservation interns at NML funded through the Icon-HLF scheme. Gemma Thorns and Robin Gibson are undertaking Internships in Ships and Historic Models Conservation, and myself; Ellie Baumber, is undertaking an Internship in Objects Conservation and Public Engagement.  We arranged the visit to provide fellow interns with the opportunity to see some of the fantastic projects that we have been working on during our time at NML.

With so much to see, Tuesday’s visit centred around just four of the many conservation sections based in the Midland Railway Building.  Visits were made to the Historic Models, Ceramics, Metals and Organics conservation departments, providing the opportunity for interns to see and discuss some of the objects currently undergoing conservation treatment.  Many of these objects will be exhibited in the Museum of Liverpool later this year and include a seat from Liverpool’s Overhead Railway, as well as a headless dog skeleton!  In the afternoon we visited the National Conservation Centre’s former public exhibition ‘Reveal’, which closed due to government spending cuts in December 2010.  Here we were able to share our experiences regarding the public face of conservation and also the effects of recent government spending cuts upon the sector. 

The day concluded with a sunny walk down to the new Museum of Liverpool where we were able to have a look around and discuss conservation work carried out on some of the objects on display.  We even found time for a quick viewing of the Beatles show! 

The visit proved to be a fantastic opportunity to share some of our internship experiences.  Thank you to all those conservation staff involved in the visit and we hope that everyone attending enjoyed it as much as we did! 

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