What we do

Collection Care Research addresses the many challenges related to the conservation, management and care of Tate’s collection.

The programme of research pursues questions that relate to areas of museum practice such as conservation, collections management, archive and library practice, records management, art handling, photography and other ways in which the collection is documented or represented.

Collection Care Research solves practical problems, shares new knowledge about artworks, develops new tools for practice, facilitates knowledge exchange and makes sources available for further research. It is outward-looking and interdisciplinary, and often involves collaboration and partnership with a range of national and international organisations.


Behind The Scenes

A Short Film on the Cleaning Modern Oil Paints Project

Watch how conservators and scientists approach the challenges of cleaning 20th- and 21st-century oil paintings

Reshaping the Collectible: When Artworks Live in the Museum

A major programme of research that will develop innovative models for the conservation and management of recent and contemporary works ...

Behind The Scenes

Conserving Whaam!

Watch Tate’s conservation team revive Roy Lichtenstein’s pop masterpiece

Things Change: Conservation and Display of Time-based Media Art

Watch a short documentary on the challenges of preserving time-based media art in the museum context

Current projects

Reshaping the Collectible: When Artworks Live in the Museum

January 2018 – June 2021

Tate has been awarded a major grant for a programme of research that will develop ...

NACCA: New Approaches in the Conservation of Contemporary Art

NACCA is a Marie Curie Innovative Training Network project, funded by the European Union, which addresses the challenges of preserving ...

NANORESTART: NANOmaterials for the REStoration of works of ART

NANORESTART will develop nano-materials to support the long term protection and continued access to modern and contemporary cultural heritage

Events, Networks, Activities

Read, Browse, Explore

Collection Care Research Writings

Read working papers, project reports, peer-reviewed journal articles, technique and conditions texts and more

Contact us

If you’d like to get in touch please email ccr@tate.org.uk.