Collection NameTate Public Records: Conservation
Reference Number (click the number to browse all records in this collection)TG 18
Alternative Reference NumberGB 70 TG 18
Access StatusOPEN
LocationRed Zone
DescriptionScope and content: Permanent collection (1947-1975); Museum environment (1929-1933); Workshops and teaching (1966-1986)
ArrangementThe archive has been listed according to the principles set out in the General International Standard Archival Description (ISAD(G)) and to guidelines issued by the Public Record Office. The list comprises the file reference, dates, title and brief description. Archives relating to conservation have been given the class number TG 18. Material in this class has been listed down to file level.
Administrative HistoryBefore 1953 the Gallery was largely dependent on commercial restorers but in 1953 the Conservation Department was set up with a Chief Restorer and an assistant. In 1964 the post of Chief Restorer became Keeper of the Conservation Department. Additional facilities have since been provided not only for the conservation of oil paintings but also for works on paper and sculpture. In 1969 a training programme for students was started under the auspices of the Department for Education and Science.
The Conservation Department keeps its own records of treatments which are always current and are retained permanently in the department.
Custodial HistoryThe records have either been deposited in the archives via the Conservation department or had previously been transferred to Gallery Records or its predecessors.
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