The Conservation Department's primary responsibilities are the preservation, conservation, investigation and display of the Benaki collections, as well as the design and installation of a number of exhibitions.

Our conservators’ wide range of specialist skills, thorough knowledge of materials and history of technology is backed by scientific analysis and research enabling them to identify the state of preservation of objects and previous restoration, investigate their history and provenance and where necessary develop and apply the appropriate treatments.

Conservation staff is involved with examining and assessing objects in order to determine the most appropriate level of treatment required. Analysis, which is carried out by the Science Lab, often in collaboration with external institutions, will help to inform appropriate decisions. Besides carrying out and documenting treatments, our team also prepares objects for new galleries and exhibitions, making sure they are sufficiently stable to travel on loan to exhibitions at national and international venues and is also responsible for a wide range of museum operations related to the preservation of works, ensuring that objects are safeguarded for future generations.