Collection Care Research helps promote the role and value of the museum as a research organisation. Its interdisciplinary approach manifests through a series of collaborations and partnerships with national and international organisations such as museums, universities, independent research organisations and industrial partners.

Collection Care Research works to solve practical collection management problems, to encourage new knowledge about artworks or groups of works, to develop new tools to assist the conservation of the collection, and to make primary sources accessible for further research.

Find out more about our current and past projects here.

Research project
June 2015May 2019
NACCA is a Marie Curie Innovative Training Network project, funded by the European Union, which addresses the challenges of preserving modern and contemporary art
Research project
June 2015November 2018
NANORESTART will develop nano-materials to support the long term protection and continued access to modern and contemporary cultural heritage
Conservation project
Research project
June 2015May 2018
Cleaning Modern Oil Paints (CMOP) is a collaborative European research project exploring some of the most interesting and pertinent challenges associated with the conservation of 20th and 21st century oils paintings
Research project
October 2014October 2019
This collaborative project explores the challenges in conserving works painted in modern oils. Working together the five partner organisations will share expertise and create opportunities to further knowledge in this area.
Research project
February 2013February 2017
Promoting and Enhancing Reuse of Information throughout the Content Lifecycle taking account of Evolving Semantics
Conservation project
Research project
January 2014December 2016
A major international conference focused on the intersection of media art and technological change over time. How is this shifting the way museums operate and how conservation works?
Research project
September 2014July 2015
John Singer Sargent’s technique in oil has long fascinated artists and art historians. This study will bring together past technical studies as well as new material on Sargent’s methods evidenced by technical examination of Tate works, compared where poss
Conservation project
Research project
March 2015
This research project will focus on a key group of works in the Tate Collection by Francis Picabia and Pablo Picasso which have been re-worked or over-painted by the artists.
Research project
January 2013January 2015
Presto4U is a two-year project that aims to identify technological solutions to current challenges facing those working in the field of audiovisual preservation.
Research project
January 2012December 2014
A three-year international research network funded by the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO) aims to develop joint research projects and a training curriculum on the theory, methodology and ethics of the conservation of contemporary
Conservation project
Research project
October 2012May 2014
Rothko's Black on Maroon was damaged in 2012 when black ink was applied to the lower right corner. Rothko Conservation Project follows the restoration process that allows the work to return to display at Tate Modern
Research project
April 2012January 2014
A Tate research network examining emerging models and practice for collecting, documenting and conserving performance-based art
Research project
November 2013
A major research project aiming to provide detailed catalogue entries for over 37,000 works on paper by J.M.W. Turner in Tate’s collection.
Research project
June 2011December 2012
A research project investigating the future of artworks for which 35 mm slides form an artistic medium and explores the implications of the discontinuation of analogue slide film and related technologies for their preservation and display
Research project
Digital project
January 2009January 2011
The research and creation of an unique online catalogue about the Camden Town Group that will present essays about the artists and artworks from the movement alongside contemporary material, audio and video material and thematic essays.
Conservation project
April 2006December 2009
Past Tate Research project: Tate AXA Art Modern Paints Project (TAAMPP): Evaluating the Effects of Cleaning Acrylic Paintings
Conservation project
Research project
January 2005January 2009
Developing the use of laser techniques for the examination of artworks
Conservation project
January 2004January 2009
Tate Conservation project, 2004-2009: Anoxic Display and Storage of Paper-Based Works of Art
Research project
January 2004January 2007
A research project to examine how installation art can be safeguarded and presented for future generations.
Research project
May 2003
Tate technical research project examining Tudor and Stuart works from the collection
Conservation project
Research project
January 2002January 2009
Contemporary Art Research; Tate Research project, completed in 2009