Northwest Conservators Group: Conservation Matters in the North - Collaboration in Conservation

Please join us for this one-day conference to share experiences, network and enjoy cake together.

A conference organised by the Northwest Conservators Group, with support from the

• Museums Development North West

• Northwest Museums Federation

Please join us for this one-day conference to share experiences, network and enjoy cake together.

Attendance: In person.

Audience: Open to all with an interest in Conservation in the North, including curators, conservators, historians, students, volunteers, interns and related disciplines.

What does Collaboration in Conservation mean to you? Is it a collaborative engagement project, co-production of an exhibition, or new ways of presenting or negotiating conservation needs? What are your experiences of the constraints, benefits and impact of collaborating within the conservation profession? How have you bridged the silos between your colleagues, departments or partner institutions, and what tips and tricks can you share to help others?

Please book your ticket by 09/11/23



Friday 24 November 2023


Museum of Liverpool, Pier Head, Liverpool L3 1DG

Accessibility Information

Sessions will be short with plenty of breaks.

If you are a presenter, please use Tahoma font for any text in your Powerpoint presentation. A laptop, projector and screen will be available at the venue. Please bring your presentation on a memory stick.

Our venue, Museum of Liverpool, has the following address:

Pier Head

Liverpool L3 1DG

Directions to the venue by public transport, car and ferry can be found here: Museum of Liverpool | National Museums Liverpool (

The room we have booked is Education Room 3 .

After lunch we will walk from Museum of Liverpool to the Conservation Centre in the city centre. We will all walk as a group. The walk takes approximately 15 minutes.

Following the conservation studio tours and some tea and biscuits there is an optional pub visit at the Ship & Mitre pub, a 5-minute walk from the Conservation Centre.

If you are travelling home by train, Lime Street station is a 5-minute walk from the Conservation Centre.

If you require any assistance getting to or around our conference venues, or have any questions about accessibility, please contact us before arriving in Liverpool and we will be happy to help: [email protected], [email protected].


Tea/coffee and biscuits will be provided on arrival. Lunch will be provided by NML’s own Hosted By NML team. Lunch will be a selection of vegetarian-only sandwiches with salad and crisps. If you have any dietary requirements, please contact [email protected] by the registration deadline.

Conference bursaries

We want this event to be as inclusive as possible and hope that financial hardship does not pose a barrier to attending. Through generous funding by Museum Development Northwest (MDNW; supported by Arts Council England and Art Fund) we are able to provide bursaries to cover the cost of the conference fee, travel costs (the most economically viable transport) within the UK or Ireland, and one night’s accommodation in Liverpool for some eligible delegates.

Please note: if you are applying for a bursary, please email [email protected], stating ‘#CMN2023 Bursary‘ in the Subject line. Please tell us in no more than 100 words of text why you are applying for a bursary and confirm that the eligibility criteria apply to you. Eligibility criteria: students, volunteers, interns. Other hardship criteria may be assessed upon receipt of an application. Speakers may claim the cost of the conference fee and transport. Once all the available funding is allocated we are unable to provide any further bursaries.

The deadline for applications is the registration deadline.

Important: Once you have sent your bursary application please DO NOT register through EventBrite; instead, your application will count as your conference registration. We cannot refund any EventBrite registrations being made erroneously.

Conference fees

Students and volunteers: £5

Professionals: £10



10:00 Tea / coffee / biscuits and Registration

10:15 Welcome and housekeeping (Christian Baars)

10:30 Pierrette Squires: When collaboration is critical; a new approach to regional disaster preparedness

10:50 Carlie Deans, Clare Hirst, Dominika Król, Jordan Perris, Dr John Piprani, Amy Stevenson: Catastrophe, Collaboration and Conservation: Breathing new life into lost and damaged collections

11:10 Antony Kalume: The clothes on our backs

11:30 Comfort break

11:45 Emma Le Cornu: Padding on the fly: collaborative costume mounting at the Manx Museum

12:05 Sophie McAloone: Working with the insurance industry

12:25 Lunch

13:15 Fiona Woolley: Making connections: funding conservation and collaboration

13:35 Discussion – Who are we not comfortable collaborating with?

14:00 Joint walk (ca. 15 minutes) to Conservation Centre

14:30 Tours of Conservation Studios

15:30 Networking over tea / coffee / biscuits

16:00 Event finishes / optional pub (Ship and Mitre a 5-minute walk from the Conservation Centre)