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The Fitzwilliam Museum has a scientific laboratory to carry out analysis on the collections, and studios for the conservation of antiquities, applied arts, works of art on paper, manuscripts and printed books. The Museum’s paintings are conserved at The Hamilton Kerr Institute, which is also a department of the Museum.
Conservators at the Fitzwilliam Museum work alongside curators, researching and investigating the materials and technology of the objects. They assess and record condition and undertake conservation treatment where necessary. The other important part of conservation work is collections care. This includes all the actions taken to avoid damage and slow down deterioration of the objects by controlling the environment around them.