Collection care research at Tate addresses the need for new knowledge to explore the many challenges related to the conservation, management and care of Tate’s collection.

Conservator Piers Townshend measuring light levels at the installation of the 2007 Gilbert & George exhibition at Tate Modern.
Conservator Piers Townshend measuring light levels at the installation of the 2007 Gilbert & George exhibition at Tate Modern.

Collection care research helps promote the role and value of the museum as a research organisation. In addition to valuing research for the new knowledge generated and the advancement of practice, research is also valued for its ability to bring ideas into the organisation, link staff with wider research cultures and support reflective and critical practice. Collection care research is therefore outward-looking and interdisciplinary, and often involves collaboration and partnership with a range of national and international organisations.

Find out more about the work of Collection Care at Tate here, including activities, projects and writings on conservation and collections management.

Collection Care Research team

Collection care research is led by the Head of Collection Care Research, supported by a Collection Care Research Manager, based in Tate’s Research Department, and is conducted by a body of researchers working on and in research projects, research centres and collaborative doctoral studentships. The team works closely with the Collection Care Division at Tate, liaising over research plans and helping to develop research skills. In addition to larger externally funded projects, a research secondment schemeenables staff to pursue small projects that explore and develop questions arising directly from their work within the museum.

Pip Laurenson
Head of Collection Care Research