I am not sure if this is an appropriate forum but here goes.
I have an oil painting dated 1906 or there abouts. I have not actually unwrapped the thing for near 30 years. The artist is W.H.Gore and the scene is the interior of a barn with a couple of cows and through the window you can see a church with a separate tower next to it. yes, it is very obviously St Hilary's church and the old tower. from the position of the church and tower I would guess 9big guess) the barn would have been somewhere around Wallasey Village/ Sandy lane area.
The paining was bequethed to me by two ancient relatives many years ago. They lived in Grave Road - not far from the Wallasey Village/ Sandy Lane area so it is perfectly feasible that the paining is of the village area. Frankly it is not the sort of thing you hang on the average domestic wall so it was always consigned to the loft - WHERE IT WAS DAMAGED.
I think it was leaned against a beam with a nail or the like because there is a tear of about 1 1/2 inched more or less in the middle of the canvas.
For the last 30 years the painting in the frame has been faced each side with hardboard, wrapped in bubble wrap and has never seen the light of day. Because I am rebuilding the loft of my house I have recently had to move it many times.
It is daft for a painting like that to be kept covered. To my (totally untutoured eye it has little artistic merit but the name WH Gore doe get hits on Google). Despite my opinions about the artistic merit the painting does obviously have a local History
content and I suspect it is worth having the damage repaired and then finding somewhere that would accept it for display - eg maybe even St Hilary's Church since the view of that church is the one obvious element of the painted scene.
Question - does anyone have knowledge or know of someone/ some organiasation who would have knowledge enough to be able to estimate the feasibility and cost of a repair?
In due course (when my loft upgrade is more complete I will unwrap the painting and photograph it