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Museums and collections


Looking after the exceptional collections of the University of Cambridge Museums is a challenging but exciting responsibility. We want to make the collections accessible to everyone through display, research, teaching and personal encounter. It is the job of the collections and conservation staff in the individual museums to do this and the job of the University of Cambridge Collections Care team to help them.

We provide strategic help in the planning of conservation and preservation projects and practical support to carry these out. We undertake research on the technology, conservation and care of objects in the collections. 

We give talks, demonstrations and behind-the-scenes tours to share the excitement of getting very close indeed to the collections: unravelling the secrets of how objects were made, diagnosing the problems that they develop, working out how we can stop deterioration and keep them safe. Please find details of training courses for museum professionals on our Collections care and conservation professional events page.

In addition to work in the 8 University Museums, the University of Cambridge Museums Regional Conservation Officer co-ordinates the training and support we give to other museums in the East of England and works with SHARE Museums East to deliver this.

By building on our current strengths and resources, our longer term aim is to create here in Cambridge a Centre of Excellence for Conservation and Collections Care.

Find out about conservation and collection care projects that are happening across the museums in our blog.