The Gallery holds the most extensive collection of portraits in the world. Search over 215,000 works, 150,000 of which are illustrated from the 16th Century to the present day.

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The Gallery's Conservation Department performs one of the Gallery's core functions, the long-term preservation of all Collection items, to make them accessible now and in future.

About Conservation

Fulfilling the long-term preservation of all collection items in order to make them accessible now and in the future.

Help us continue conservation work

Please help us with important conservation projects which we cannot begin without further funding.

Conservation advice

Sources of advice regarding conservation.

AHRC Capability for Collections Grant

In 2021 the Gallery was delighted to receive a grant from the UKRI-AHRC ‘Capability for Collections Fund’ to allow the urgent replacement and upgrade of core equipment and instruments in conservation and digitisation.

Making Art in Tudor Britain

A major research project on early painting practice and the production of portraits in the Tudor and Jacobean periods.

Changing impressions

A print conservation project looking at a selection of five engravings, charting the conservation process.

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