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Hamilton Kerr Institute, Fitzwilliam Museum

The Hamilton Kerr Institute is a department of the Fitzwilliam Museum. The Institute undertakes the conservation of easel paintings for public and publicly shown collections as well as the Museum. In this environment the Institute aims to educate painting conservators to the highest standard and to contribute to scientific, technical and art historical research. The institute hosts a number of archives, carries a continual programme of inter-disciplinary research in addition to the conservation services and teaching on offer.

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HKI Student / Intern Blog

Keep up to date with Students and Interns at the Hamilton Kerr Institute via their blog.

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A Brush with Royalty

Sarah Bayliss working on a portrait of Elizabeth, to be exhibited at Waddesdon Manor from 7 June.

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Hamilton Kerr Institute Bulletin Number 6, 2016

This volume is the sixth in what is now to become a regular biennial publication which presents the recent research into the conservation, structure, materials, history, etc, of paintings by past and present staff and students (including early career interns) of the Hamilton Kerr Institute. Follow the link below for information on how to purchase a printed copy and click on the image in the right-hand navigation to read / download an electronic version.

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A Brush with Royalty

May 24, 2017

The Hamilton Kerr Institute has just completed the restoration of two portraits attributed to Nicholas Hilliard

HKI wins 2017 Museum and Heritage Award

May 18, 2017

Conservators at the Hamilton Kerr Institute have won the 2017 Museums and Heritage Award for Restoration/Conservation for their Restoration of Sebastiano's Adoration of the Shepherds.

New book on Medieval Screens

Apr 28, 2017

The Art and Science of the Church Screen in Medieval Europe: Making, Meaning, Preserving published

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'For I am not as simple as I may seem': A technical study of 2 portraits of Catherine of Aragon

Jul 17, 2017

The Robing Room at Freemasons' Hall 60 Great Queen Street London WC2B 5AZ

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