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History of the Institute

Introduction

HKI Exterior - SummerThe Hamilton Kerr Institute was established in 1976, in response to recommendations by the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation in its report on Training in the Conservation of Paintings published in 1972, with grants from the Baring Foundation, the Esmée Fairbairn Trust, the Gulbenkian Foundation, the Isaac Wolfson Foundation, the Monument Trust, and the Pilgrim Trust. 

Location

The Hamilton Kerr Institute is situated in the riverside property which was given to the University of Cambridge for the Fitzwilliam Museum by the late Sir Hamilton Kerr, Bart, MP. Situated at the edge of the village of Whittlesford, 7 miles south of Cambridge, it stands in extensive grounds bordering the Cam.

The premises consist of a mid-eighteenth century house and converted mill buildings, containing offices and a scientific laboratory, restoration studios, studios for panel treatment and the relining of canvases, and studios for photography and x-radiography. The Institute's Library contains technical and art-historical books, archives, photographs and slides.

London Studio

The Hamilton Kerr Institute's London Studio was established in 1980 under the direction of Herbert Lank. Students work there on attachment for short periods under the direction of Simon Bobak and Anna Sanden.

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HKI Publications on sale

Dec 04, 2018

The Hamilton Kerr Institute Bulletin No. 7 and Dr Spike Bucklow’s ‘The Anatomy of Riches’ are now available to order

Another Art Newspaper feature

Nov 27, 2018

The HKI's work on the Wallace Collections 'Views of Venice' paintings has featured in an article in The Arts Newspaper.

HKI Battel Hall Retable conservation featured in The Art Newspaper

Nov 13, 2018

The conservation and analysis of a rare 14th/15th-century Kentish retable, treated at the Hamilton Kerr Institute, featured in The Art Newspaper

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