Hamilton Kerr Institute, Whittlesford, UK. (© Titmus)


The Hamilton Kerr Institute, (a department of the University of Cambridge Fitzwilliam Museum) is located in Whittlesford, Cambridgeshire. The Institute, which is one of the world’s leading centres for teaching and research in the conservation of easel paintings, admits up to 3 postgraduate students every two years and up to 3 advanced postgraduate interns each year, mainly from the UK, Europe and the USA. Training is focused on the conservation of easel paintings (canvas, wood panels and copper plates) for the Fitzwilliam Museum and for other national and private collections. Some of our projects are done on site, they are called in-situ, you will find articles about some of them in the blog. They are challenging as we work in an unfamiliar space and with restricted time, but the result is always rewarding, as the paintings benefit very much from these small but necessary treatments.

In this blog, interns past and present share their experiences of life behind the scenes and describe the conservation projects in which they have been involved: you will find articles about treatments, reconstructions, studio visits, conferences etc.

Click here to see what the other Fitzwilliam Museum Conservation Departments are up to.

Current contributors:

  • Camille Polkownik (Editor in Chief and contributing author 2015-2017)
  • Sarah Bayliss (editor and contributing author 2015-2017)
  • Emma Jansson (editor and contributing author 2016-2017)
  • Michaela Straub (contributing author 2015-2017)
  • Jae Youn Chung (contributing author 2016-2017)
  • Anna Don (contributing author 2016-2017)
  • Elisabeth Petrina (contributing author 2016-2017)

Previous contributors:

  • Kari Rayner (editor and contributing author 2015-2017)
  • Carlos Gonzalez Juste (contributing author 2015-2017)
  • Sven van Dorst (contributing author 2015-2016)
  • Shan Kuang (contributing author 2013)
  • Pia Dowse (contributing author 2013)
  • Makiko Tsunoda (contributing author 2013)
  • Alexandra Zappa (contributing author 2013)

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