About the studio

The Conservation Studio (TCS) was established in May 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. A new conservation lab was built as part of the museum’s redevelopment project in 2010. Situated on the second floor, the Studio was designed so that visitors to the museum can see our skilled conservators at work through a viewing area in Main Gallery Two. We also run quarterly tours for members of the public to come inside for a closer look behind the scenes! Check out our What’s On pages for information on future events. Group bookings and private tours are also welcome; for further information or to book a tour, please phone the Learning Team on 0161 838 9190 or use the Learning enquiry form.

The Studio offers facilities including solvent extraction, wet cleaning floor, flexible work tables, separate dye lab and Studio hoist for photographing and checking textiles after treatment. We also have a mechanical hoist which allows us to safely transport rolled textiles up to 4.8 meters long in and out of the building. The Studio is environmentally controlled as is the secure object store which is housed within the Studio space.