Collaborative Projects

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Cross collection projects

Reynolds Research Website

The Wallace Collection Reynolds Research Project is a three year project funded by The Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art. The Project will investigate the techniques and materials used by Reynolds through examination of the twelve paintings by Reynolds held in the Wallace Collection. The examination will also inform the conservation treatment of the paintings. ...

Bakhuizen Research Project

The project will investigate the techniques and materials used by Ludolf Bakhuizen through the detailed examination of the three paintings in the collection. The examination will also inform the conservation treatment of the paintings and help to achieve an understanding of changes in the condition exhibited by two of the National Gallery paintings. ...

Raphael Research Project

This study of paintings by Raphael has produced an exceptional collection of material over the 500 years since their creation in the sixteenth century, covering their history and provenance as well as the materials and techniques used in their making.

Mellon Software Development Projects

Digital Resources

National Gallery Technical Bulletin

The National Gallery Technical Bulletin, first published in 1977, has achieved a leading position in the study of the materials and techniques of painting, and the scientific examination of paintings. It is essential reading for conservators, conservation scientists, art historians, collectors and curators.

EU Projects


CHARISMA (Cultural Heritage Advanced Research Infrastructures: Synergy for a Multidisciplinary Approach to Conservation/Restoration) is an EU-funded integrating activity project carried out in the FP7 Capacities Specific Programme "Research Infrastructures". The project provides transnational access to most advanced scientific instrumentations and knowledge allowing scientists, conservators-restorers and curators to enhance their research at the field forefront.

Additional Projects

Further information will be added here as these projects develop.

  • ITN Colour Printing 7.0


A MATERIALS database contains chemical, physical, visual, and analytical information on over 10,000 historic and contemporary materials used in the production and conservation of artistic, architectural, archaeological, and anthropological materials.