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Fitzwilliam Museum

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Conservation Services

The Hamilton Kerr Institute carries out the conservation of paintings and polychromy for the Fitzwilliam Museum, the Royal Collection, the National Trust and other collections open to the public. On occasion, the Institute also undertakes work for private individuals. Read more...

Photographic Services

Investigative imaging can be carried out utilising techniques involving X-rays, infrared reflectography and ultra violet fluorescence, along with a variety of other optical recording methods. Read more...

Analytical Services

Scientific analysis at the Hamilton Kerr Institute has mainly focused upon artists’ materials and their methods. Artists’ materials can be conveniently divided into organic and inorganic materials. Methods of analysis can be conveniently divided into destructive and non-destructive techniques. Non-destructive techniques (including surface examination of the painting with a stereo-microscope, IR, UV and X-ray examination, etc.) always have preference over invasive techniques that require paintings to be sampled. Read more...

Analytical 

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Internships in the Conservation of Easel paintings

Nov 05, 2019

Two internships available to begin in September 2020

Conservation students help deliver teacher enrichment

May 07, 2019

HKI students talked to teachers about how they reconstructed a 15th century painting as part of a successful CPD day.

HKI in film to promote interest in museum collections

Jan 29, 2019

Staff and students star in a short film made by the Colnaghi Foundation in collaboration with the Wallace Collection to give the public an insight into what lies behind museum collections.

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