Posts tagged with 'conservation'
29 July 2010 by Sam
Have you ever wondered what’s inside a Rubik’s cube – or any other toys? This Friday staff at the National Conservation Centre will be hosting an ‘X-ray your toy’ event, as a fun way to show children how we use science to examine our collections. The X-ray equipment includes a digital X-ray reader, and is used by conservators to look beneath the surface of paintings, or inside corroded lumps of archaeological iron.
We’re inviting children of all ages to bring along a favourite toy, and we’ve already booked in a Transformer, a toy calculator, a pair of Ben 10 walkie-talkies, and a Pixel Chicks game, alongside the Rubik’s cube. Watch this space for a gallery of unusual X-ray images – and you can see some toys that we’ve already x-rayed on Flickr.
The X-ray your toy event will be taking place 12.30-3.30pm on Friday 30 July, in the Reveal gallery at the National Conservation Centre. If you miss this, there’s another chance at the same time on Wednesday 25 August. Full details of all our events and activities are on the website. Read more…
17 June 2010 by Lynn
Rose Hardman reports on funding that will enable fantastic new opportunities for conservation trainees.
We were delighted to receive the news recently that the Heritage Lottery Fund has awarded £350,700 to help National Museums Liverpool and the North West Fed deliver training opportunities for 12 Positive Action Trainees.
The money, awarded under the Heritage Lottery Fund’s Skills for the Future programme, will give trainees a chance to learn about heritage conservation and audience development.
National Museums Liverpool’s six trainees will spend two years looking at conservation techniques with the Institute of Conservation as a key partner. We will begin advertising for placements at National Museums Liverpool in 2012. Read more…
23 April 2010 by Sam
Paintings conservator Beth Courtney sent me this great picture showing the incredible transformation of one of the paintings in her care. I’ll let her explain:
“‘RMS Oropesa’ by Arthur Burgess came into the paintings studio to be conserved before going on display in the new Museum of Liverpool. The reason it needed treating was obvious: it was covered in an extremely discoloured varnish that was distorting the appearance of the colours.
Our eyes and brains work together to make sense of things and often a slightly yellow varnish doesn’t make much difference to how we perceive the relationships between colours so we can still tell which areas are white, blue or green. But when a varnish becomes very discoloured our brains can’t remove enough yellow to compensate for the discolouration. Although we know that sky is probably a shade of blue, it becomes difficult to tell whether it ought to be bright or stormy. Read more…
21 April 2010 by Kay C
Thursday afternoons are never going to be the same again…
I am really excited about our new Spring 2010 Public Lecture Series, which kicks off tomorrow (April 22). It’s being held at the Treasure House Theatre, World Museum, and features a selection of subjects from our museums and galleries’ collections and exhibitions, from archaeology to contemporary slavery.
For the next four Thursdays, our curators will be talking about some of the fascinating things they have researched. Read more…
8 April 2010 by Lisa
Do remember our previous post about the William Brown bust getting a good spring clean? This was part of our World Museum 150th anniversary celebrations on the blog, and we’re continuing the series this week with an update about the bust by our Executive Director of Collections Management, John Millard.
For as long as anyone can remember a marble bust of William Brown has languished in a store at the Walker Art Gallery, and it didn’t look very happy. It got some careful attention at our National Conservation Centre and now it has finally been put on show.
The bust features in a special display in the atrium of World Museum. It commemorates the 150th anniversary of William Brown handing over Liverpool’s museum and library building to the Lord Mayor of the city in 1860. Brown spent £40,000 on the building of the museum and library, and the street was renamed William Brown Street in thanks for his generosity. Read more…
9 March 2010 by Lucy
Lewis’s Fifth Floor: A Department Story is the first solo exhibition by Liverpool photographer Stephen King, and at 12pm tomorrow Stephen can be found in the exhibition space talking all about the exhibition and the overall Lewis’s project.
Stephen has a fascinating background in photography, having begun taking photographs when he was ten years old, and developing this passion further by using his other passion, skateboarding as the focus for his work. Read more…
3 March 2010 by Lucy
Having received the sad news earlier in the week that Liverpool’s oldest department store would be closing in June for redevelopment, it made the evening even more poignant knowing that one of the city’s icons would soon be gone forever.
Chatting to my mum and auntie the other day about the exhibition, confirmed how fond scousers are of the store and the memories it holds for them. Having worked in the children’s department of Lewis’s, my mum proudly recounted her own stories of the shop and the grandeur of the fifth floor as it once was, remembering the hair salon, Red Rose restaurant, and the fabulous tiled murals that have been out of public view since the early 80s. Read more…
22 February 2010 by Sam
Today the sad news was reported that after 154 years of trading the department store Lewis’s is to close.
Even without its famous cheeky statue, the store has dominated Renshaw Street as long as anyone can remember, as this photograph from the Stewart Bale collection shows. Several generations of local people have shopped and worked there.
The news of the closure adds extra poignancy to the stories told in the next exhibition to open at the National Conservation Centre, Lewis’s fifth floor: a department story. The exhibition features recent pictures by local photographer Stephen King of the faded glamour of a whole floor of Lewis’s which has not been open to the public since the 1980s. Read more…
22 January 2010 by Sam
Thanks to everyone who took part in our latest caption competition. This month’s judge – and the photographer who took the photo – Stephen Shakeshaft said he was delighted so many people took the time to send in their entries.
The winner this month, who gets a signed copy of Stephen’s book ‘No Illusions’, is Valerie for her topical caption ‘Doctor Who seems to get younger each time he regenerates‘.
You can see all of the entries by clicking on the Comments on the original blog post. Read more…
18 January 2010 by Lisa
I don’t know about you, but I think it’s always good to start the new year by having a bit of a spruce up – whether it’s spring cleaning or a bit of a make over! We’re used to giving important objects a new lease of life here at National Museums Liverpool and this week we have Sculpture Conservator, Lottie Barnden, to tell us about the work she’s been doing to help celebrate the World Museum’s 150th anniversary…
To commemorate the 150th Anniversary of William Brown’s gift of a library and museum to the city of Liverpool, a marble bust of the man himself has been brought out of storage for conservation treatment, prior to going out on public display. This portrait bust by Isaac Jackson was sculpted in 1851, just nine years before the William Brown Library was completed.
When it arrived at the sculpture conservation studios, it was thought to be one of the filthiest objects we’ve had in for a long time! I suspect that it hasn’t been cleaned since it was first made. The bust section is attached to a socle (a type of small round plinth) using a section of copper dowel. The plaster fill around this dowel has become brittle and loose and the bust now wobbles and turns on its base, making it quite unstable and unsuitable for going on public display as it is. Read more…