One of the finest collections of art in the country is here in the south.
Clever buying means Southampton Art gallery now has 5,000 precious pieces, renowned throughout the world.
But priceless paintings need careful, skilful restoration work.
Sally Simmonds watches as two Van Dyck portraits are returned to their former glory.
Sally spoke to Restoration Artist Ben Hall, Curator of Art Tim Craven and Conservation Artist Ambrose Scott-Montcrieff.