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Conservation and Collections Care

Following the Government announcement yesterday, museums and galleries in Cambridge will be closed to the public as part of a period of national/local restrictions. So, with great sadness, we will not be able to reopen as planned on 2 January 2021.

The Fitzwilliam Museum has studios for the conservation of antiquities, applied arts, manuscripts and printed books, and works of art on paper, and a science laboratory to carry out analysis on the collection. The Museum's Coins & Medals are treated in the applied arts or antiquities studios and its paintings are conserved at the Hamilton Kerr Institute, which is a department of the Museum.

The five departments in the Museum have a dedicated team of curators, conservators and technicians who are responsible for day-to-day care for the collections. Elements of collections care that cannot be departmentalised, such as risk assessment for collections, emergency planning, writing and implementing collections care policies and procedures, environmental monitoring, housekeeping and pest management, are coordinated by the Collections Care team.

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