Manchester Art Gallery

Salvaged: Restoring the Sirens and Ulysses.

The Sirens and Ulysses: Manchester Art Gallery’s most ambitious conservation project ever.

Manchester Art Gallery
Saturday 18 March 2006–Tuesday 31 March 2009


In 2009, William Etty’s masterpiece The Sirens and Ulysses was put back on display for the first time in a hundred years.  Measuring almost 3m by 4.5m, it is one of the largest pictures in the gallery and it had not been on public display since the late 1880s because of its poor state of repair.

The conservation team at Manchester Art Gallery began work to rescue the painting in 2002 and the Salvaged project went public in March 2006 when an open conservation studio was set up in the galleries.