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Lift closure

The museum’s main lift will be closed for necessary maintenance from Tues 28 May to Mon 3 June 2024, affecting lift access to Gallery Two.

Our smaller lift allows access to Gallery One.

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Conservation

PHM's Conservation Team cares for the museum's wonderful collection and also provides a service of professional conservation for other museums, communities, unions and private collections.

Image of The Conservation Studio at PHM
Image of Gloved hand holding tweezers for the conservation of a textile banner
Image of The Conservation Studio, Main Gallery Two at People's History Museum

The Conservation Studio can provide:

  • Expertise led by an accredited member of Icon (Institute of Conservation)
  • Specialist treatment of textiles and related objects including banners, flags, costume and accessories
  • Advise on care of paper and other non-textile collections
  • Condition assessments and surveys
  • Mount making including padded boards and mounting historic costume
  • Training and handling, storage and care of collection
  • Tours of the Studio and educational and specialist talks

 

View some examples from our portfolio of completed conservation projects.

If you would like to request a quote for conservation please contact the Conservation Team on tcs@phm.org.ukor 0161 838 9190.

The Conservation Studio was specially designed for the conservation of large textiles, those in our own collection, and those in the collections of other institutions and individuals by private commission.

The studio was established in 1990 at our Princess Street site in Manchester to conserve the museum’s extensive collection of banners, provide a source of help and advice for custodians of textiles, and undertake private commissions.

The current conservation lab was built as part of the museum’s redevelopment project in 2010.

Situated on the second floor, there is a viewing window in Gallery Two, designed so that visitors to the museum can see our skilled conservators at work and conservation in action.

To enquire about tours, please contact the Learning Team to book a group visit.


Services, facilities & rates

Detail from an external commission, The Conservation Studio @ People's History Museum

The Conservation Studio provides a service of professional conservation for other museums, communities, unions and private collections.

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Meet the team

PHM Conservators with Hugh Hornby Birley portrait, oil paint on canvas © People's History Museum

PHM’s Conservation Team are led by an accredited member of Icon and are listed on the Conservation Register.

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Conserving our collections

Jenny van Enckevort, Conservation Manager at People's History Museum

PHM’s Conservation Team also cares for the museum’s wonderful collection.

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