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The National Conservation Centre is the conservation department of National Museums Liverpool. The centre holds displays of conserved objects and demonstrations of the techniques used. It is housed in The Midland Railway Goods Offices. The building was opened to the public in October 1996.

The National Conversation Centre was created to take care about the displays. It all started with a report in 1989 where it was concluded that 60% of the collection of National Museums and Galleries on Merseyside (forerunner of the National Museums Liverpool) was in need of conservation. After the conversation division was created (gathering people with the skills to look after the objects), a building was chosen. Midland Railway Goods Offices, locally known as the Midland Goods Depot was the most suitable. The building was previously warehouse designed by local architects Culshaw and Sumners, built in 1874. It was in its original use until 1950s but still is a beautiful example of urban architecture. It was suitable because of its size, access routes into the building that allowed easy passage for large objects and also the location in the city centre.

National Conversation Centre takes care of all the National Museums Liverpool collections. There are over a million objects either on display or in storage. Nowadays, there is a new permanent display at the National Conversation Centre called 'Reveal - the hidden stories of objects'. It shows how conservators try to unlock the secrets contained within a variety of different items from museums and galleries.
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