How Tate cares for the paintings in its collection

Donald Rodney, 'How the West was Won' 1982
Happiness is a toy gun

Can you help us replace a missing piece from Donald Rodney’s How The West Was Won?

Conservation science

We investigate artists’ materials and techniques, and parts of the collection that are difficult to conserve

Conservation projects

Read about Tate conservation projects


Sculpture conservators at Tate work with both traditional and unconventional materials


Our conservators care for artworks on paper, which are are easily damaged by handling, light or air pollution

Time-based media

Tate’s pioneering conservation work with film, audio, performance and other time-based artworks


Frames are both functional and decorative. Understanding their authenticity helps us appreciate their role in a painting’s history

Support conservation at Tate

Help fund crucial conservation work of Millais’s The North-West Passage and ensure this magnificent work can be displayed in the best possible condition for November’s Artist and Empire exhibition at Tate Britain