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  • Tarnished Art Nouveau silver buckle during cleaning © The Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge
  • Chinese Kangxi vase during restoration – carefully rubbing down new fills © The Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge
  • Chinese Kangxi vase during restoration – retouching new fills with pigments © The Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge
  • Cleaned fragments of excavated lead-glazed earthenware pipkin ready for assembly © The Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge
  • Assessing the condition of the Asian weapons collection in the stores © The Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge

The Department’s collections contain many thousands of historic and archaeological objects, from small items of jewellery to monumental outdoor sculpture. Applied Arts conservators need to be familiar with the differing environmental and treatment requirements of a huge range of materials, including metals, inorganics (such as ceramics, glass, enamels, stones and gemstones) and organic materials (such as wood, leather, textiles, lacquer, amber, ivory, bone, horn, feathers and shell).

In addition to interventive treatments and collections care, projects focus on technical investigation, condition assessment and conservation of objects for forthcoming exhibitions, either in-house or for loan, and to refresh the permanent displays.