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Conservation and Collections Care at the Fitzwilliam Museum

The Fitzwilliam Museum has launched a new Conservation and Collections Care blog.

The Museum has studios for the conservation of antiquities, applied arts, manuscripts and printed books, works of art on paper and a scientific laboratory to carry out analysis on the collection. The Museum’s paintings are conserved at The Hamilton Kerr Institute, which is also a department of the Museum.

Conservators at the Fitzwilliam Museum work alongside curators, researching and investigating the materials and technology of the objects. They assess and record the condition of objects and undertake conservation treatment where necessary. They also undertake collections care work; all of the actions undertaken to avoid damage, and to slow down deterioration of the objects by controlling the environment around them.

The new blog will enable Conservators, Technicians, Conservation Scientists and Collections Care experts, working on the rich collections of the Museum, to share some of their behind the scenes activities.

In the most recent post, Christine Slottved Kimbriel (Senior Painting Conservator at the Hamilton Kerr Institute) discusses aspects of the work undertaken over the last two years in preparation for Madonnas and Miracles: Private Devotion in Renaissance Italy. This exhibition provided a welcome opportunity to carry out much needed conservation treatment on important works from the Museum’s paintings collection.

Visit the Fitzwilliam Museum Conservation and Collections Care blog.

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