The Department of Conservation & Technology
The Department of Conservation & Technology has been at the heart of The Courtauld Institute of Art since it was founded in 1932. Widely recognised as the leading postgraduate qualification in the field, the three-year Postgraduate Diploma in the Conservation of Easel Paintings trains the conservators of tomorrow. Our conservation lecturers equip students with the specialist skills and intellectual framework they need for a professional career in conservation, and graduates are employed in museums, galleries and cultural heritage collections worldwide. The Department is responsible for the conservation and display of the Gallery’s world-class collection of paintings. Conservation and technical research is carried out and discoveries often add fascinating new dimensions to our understanding of major works of art.
Conservation of Wall Painting Department
Founded in 1985, the Conservation of Wall Painting Department provides the highest level of education in this field internationally. Its three-year MA programme is interdisciplinary in nature, combining science, art history, documentation and practical experience on site. The MA is open to graduates in both the humanities and the sciences, and its international student body participates in the Department's own fieldwork projects on a wide variety of paintings.
Current projects are in Cyprus, Malta and India, with new projects starting in Bhutan and Georgia in 2012. This video shows the wide variety of careers in the conservation profession pursued by graduates of the MA programme. The Department is also highly active in research and publication, with PhD students currently from China, France, India and Italy, as well as the UK.
Paintings and Paper Conservators
The Courtauld Gallery also has its own paintings conservator and a paper conservator, who both work hard to preserve and safeguard the collections for visitors and scholars.
How can you help?
£40k+ per annum: support and name a conservator for one year – easels, wall paintings or paper conservator
£20k+ per annum: support our paintings conservation plan for one year
£5k+ per annum: frame one of 25 unframed paintings (can cost up to £15,000 for a renaissance frame)
£5k+ per annum: Upgrade of studio and specialist conservation equipment
£25k+: All the above can be endowed in your name in perpetuity.
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION
Campaign Enquiries: +44 (0)20 7848 2056
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