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The Fitzwilliam Museum has studios for the conservation of antiquities, applied arts, manuscripts and printed books, and works of art on paper and a science laboratory to carry out analysis on the collection. The Museum’s paintings are conserved at The Hamilton Kerr Institute, which is also a department of the Museum.

The five Departments in the Museum have a dedicated team of curators, conservators and technicians who are responsible for day to day care for the collections. Elements of collections care that cannot be departmentalised such as risk assessment for collections, emergency planning, writing and implementing collections care policies and procedures, environmental monitoring, housekeeping and pest management are coordinated by the Collections Care team.