As the Fitzwilliam Museum is embedded in one of the world’s leading universities, research – its facilitation, dissemination and broader, societal impact – is paramount, underpinning all aspects of major activity.
The breadth and depth of our internationally important, accredited collections, and the world-class expertise of our staff, provide a distinctive environment for cross-disciplinary research, debates and discoveries.
The collections are preserved and researched in the Museum’s five curatorial departments:
Curatorial and conservation expertise ranges across artistic media, including Egyptian papyri and sarcophagi, metalwork, ceramics, illuminated manuscripts, paintings, coins and art works on paper.
The Fitzwilliam’s paintings conservation department, the Hamilton Kerr Institute, pursues research into the conservation of easel paintings, their materials and techniques, and offers a Postgraduate Diploma and other training for paintings conservators.