Conservation in the Australian National Gallery

‘The Conservation Department in the Australian National Gallery employs 20 staff, including professionally qualified conservators and technicians who are responsible for the conservation and restoration of works in the collection. The Department is divided into five sections: Paintings, Objects, Textiles, Paper and Preventive Conservation.

The Department is concerned with the treatment, display and storage of works in the collection. In addition, works of art in national and international exhibitions are prepared for travel. The conservator’s job is to stabilise the object’s condition and slow down the natural deterioration processes. This is done through a variety of treatments of varying complexity, and through preventive conservation measures. The conservation approach to each object will vary depending on factors such as its physical nature, its cultural significance and artistic intent. All treatments and scientific investigations are documented; all materials used in conservation treatments are tested for long-term stability and reversibility in the future.’

Further information and resources can be found with this information at the site address below.


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