From left: Susan Breen, Emily Jenkins, Tim Green, Rachel Scott and Annette King

From left: Susan Breen working on JE Millais's The North West Passage 1874, Emily Jenkins on Peper Borseller's Portrait of a Lady 17th century, Tim Green on a painting by John Hoyland, Rachel Scott on Arthur Hacker's The Annunciation 1892 and Annette King on Bridget Riley's To a Summer's Day 1980
Photograph © Lucy Dawkins

These photos by Tate Photography’s Lucy Dawkins give a snapshot of some of the team whose job it is to preserve our precious artworks.

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Roy Lichtenstein, Whaam! 1963

Photograph © Lucy Dawkins

Peter Borseller's Portrait of a Lady, 17th century

Photograph © Lucy Dawkins

Behind the scenes at the conservation studio

Photograph © Lucy Dawkins

Behind the scenes at the conservation studio

Photograph © Lucy Dawkins

Behind the scenes at the conservation studio

Photograph © Lucy Dawkins

Behind the scenes at the conservation studio

Photograph © Lucy Dawkins

Behind the scenes at the conservation studio

Photograph © Lucy Dawkins

Behind the scenes at the conservation studio

Photograph © Lucy Dawkins