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The Conservation Department of the National Gallery

David Bomford
Technical Bulletin Volume 2, 1978


An outline is given of the development of the department from the early years. Gives details of the arrangement of the studios, their lighting, humidity control and basic equipment such as hydraulic easel and chair, motorized microscope and infrared vidicon television equipment. In addition, sections cover the various workshops where panel treatment, lining, blister treatment and basic carpentry are carried out. Finally, two sections are devoted to conservation records (records of the condition and treatment carried out on all pictures in the collection) and the organisation of the department's staff.


conservation centres, laboratories, paintings

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Bomford, D. 'The Conservation Department of the National Gallery'. National Gallery Technical Bulletin Vol 2, pp 3–10.