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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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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

Internships in the Conservation of Easel paintings

Oct 17, 2018

Applications are invited for 2 internships in the Conservation of Easel Paintings to begin in September 2019

Secrets of a Cabinet Miniature

Jul 03, 2018

The conservation and analysis of a miniature painting by Isaac Oliver

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