Conservation and access: exploring developments in the loan of paintings from Tate’s collection

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Conference Paper


Breen, Susan; Brett, Helen; Hellen, Rebecca;


Conservation and Access: Contributions to the 2008 IIC Congress, London, p.0-0 (2008)


In the last twenty years, there has been an upward trend in requests to borrow works of art from Tate. As demands from increasingly diverse institutions have grown, so Tate’s policies have adapted to allow greater access to the collection. As a consequence, the role of the conservator has changed, and risk assessments in relation to the loans programme have been re-evaluated. This paper uses recent collection data to draw comparisons between past and present loan procedures and to identify where and why practices have changed. An assessment of the physical consequences to the paintings collection is summarised. Based on this research, the sustainability of increased physical access to Tate’s collection is evaluated.