Posts tagged with 'conservation'
‘The Holy Family with Music Making Angels’ by the mysterious ‘Master of Frankfurt’ is one of the many glorious 16th century paintings in the Walker Art Gallery’s collection. Whilst undertaking restoration of the painting, our conservator David Crombie discovered that the anonymous painter may have left more of himself in the painting than he realised…
This month we are marking the 60th anniversary of the day that Liverpool Overhead Railway closed, on 30 December 1956. I will be giving a free talk about the iconic railway and the impact it had on the city at 2pm on Thursday 15 December 2016.
You can see highlights from our collection in a new online feature: Liverpool Overhead Railway – the end of the line. I’m also very pleased to bring you news of a new restoration project.
Hidden underground for nearly sixty years, an original wall-mounted signal was one of the few remaining parts of the Liverpool Overhead Railway. It had been in position in the tunnel leading to Dingle Station since the southern extension to the railway opened in 1896 and was part of its innovative signalling system. Read more…
In 2016 the opportunity to investigate and conserve the painting, Still Life with Tureen and Fruit, 1925 by British Artist Christopher Wood (1901-1930) arose when the painting was requested for loan to an exhibition at Pallant House Gallery, Chichester. Wood, born in Knowsley, Merseyside, was an early pioneer of British modern art and the exhibition, titled Christopher Wood: Sophisticated Primitive 2 July – 2 October 2016, was the first retrospective of Wood’s career since 1979. It was an exciting chance to breathe new life in his work.
The iconic work has travelled to our conservation studio where it will undergo major technical investigation work, funded by the Art Fund. This will be the first detailed conservation treatment to be carried out on the altarpiece since the early 1860s. Read more…
15 November 2016 by Ben
There was an event at the Maritime Museum recently to unveil the newly restored Indefatigable figurehead.
The figurehead is from the ship HMS Indefatigable, which was a training ship preparing boys for the Royal and Merchant Navy. The school eventually moved to land and closed in 1996.
27 October 2016 by Lisa
Building works have now begun on an exciting new project to develop our ancient Egypt gallery, enabling us to tell the fascinating story of how Liverpool acquired its world-renowned ancient Egyptian collection. The re-development will allow us to increase the number of the objects on display and tell more stories, while also creating better conditions for the collections.
While the gallery is closed, conservators are working hard to get our Egyptian objects ready to go back on display. Here, conservator Tania Desloge tells us how they are getting on: Read more…
30 March 2016 by David Crombie
In summer 2015 Élisabeth Louise Vigée Le Brun’s painting Lady Hamilton as a Bacchante from the Lady Lever Art Gallery was conserved by Kristina Mandy. Kristina joined National Museums Liverpool as a paintings conservator on a six month contract from May to November 2015. She describes her work on the painting, which you can now see back on display at the Lady Lever Art Gallery:
“During my contract at National Museums Liverpool I had the fantastic opportunity to conserve this beautiful portrait of Lady Hamilton from the early 1790s. Read more…
We know its not the Oscars but this award, voted for by the public, is great recognition for the work done by the members of the Merseyside Tramway Preservation Society (MTPS) on our wonderful tram.
The project, funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund, ran for six years and the majority of work was done by a group of dedicated volunteers from MTPS with support from the Museum of Liverpool and Wirral Borough Council.
Tramcar 245 received 41% of the vote, beating trams from Blackpool, Bury and London. Many thanks to everyone who took the time to vote, your support is much appreciated. Read more…