Conservation

Mark Aronson; photo by Harold Shapiro

The Center houses two modern facilities dedicated to the conservation and restoration of works of art in its collection. In addition to supporting its own conservation needs, the Center cares for works of art on paper from the permanent collection of the Yale University Art Gallery. 

Both facilities are dedicated to educating staff, fellows, Yale students, and the public about conservation practices through lectures, demonstrations, workshops, and research projects.

Members of the conservation staff are actively involved in scholarly research in the area of technical art history and they regularly instruct in Yale’s School of Art and the Department of the History of Art. Among the courses offered are those focusing on the history of artists’ materials and techniques; how works of art are made and how their appearances change over time; and restoration or conservation treatments. The conservation department strives to contribute to the field of technical art history, provide a better understanding and appreciation of the collections within the Center's care, and to assure the preservation of and access to art works well into the future.

Theresa Fairbanks-Harris; photo by Harold Shaprio

The Yale Center for British Art's Paintings and Paper Conservation facilities are Green Lab Certified by Yale's Office of Sustainability.

For further information please contact the departments of Paintings Conservation (ycba.conservation@yale.edu | +1 203 436 8952) or Paper Conservation (ycba.conservation@yale.edu | +1 203 432 2837).