“ Conservation Centre is the first national conservation centre in the UK. Whitechapel, Liverpool L1 6HZ. Tel: +44(0)151 478 4999. „
The Conservation Centre in Liverpool is, I think, a pretty unique place to visit. It is situated about 5 minutes from the city's Lime street station, and is right opposite the bus station. Entrance is cheap 3 pounds (I think) and with this pass you get to visit 8 other galleries and museums in merseyside such as the Walker Art Gallery, and the pass lasts for 12 months. The best way to visit this centre is probably to plan a little ahead, as if you don't arrive around the time of a tour or live link, there is not so much to see in the way of exhibition space. However, what is on display is a good introduction to conservation. Plus a bonus is that many of the exibits are interactive. On pre-schedueled dates, conservators set up a live link from the studio to the small lecture theatre in the exhibition space, this allows a visitor to see what they are working on, and to ask questions. Visitors are also able to look around the individual studios, and be shown the work on display, as well as learn a little more about the way the works are conserved. The site has many unusual labs such as taxidermy, furniture, metals, sculpture, paintings, ships and models. Plus a small but interesting shop - with some great kitch cards - and a cafe. All in all, if you're in the area, well worth a few minutes of your time.