Hamilton Kerr Institute

Fitzwilliam Museum

Background of the Hamilton Kerr Institute


view of the HKI buildings The Hamilton Kerr Institute was established in 1976 in response to recommendations by the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation in its report on training in the conservation of paintings published in 1972, with grants from the Baring Foundation, the Esmée Fairbairn Trust, the Gulbenkian Foundation, the Isaac Wolfson Foundation, the Monument Trust, and the Pilgrim Trust. The Institute is financed by its endowment fund and grants and by income from work.


It is housed in the riverside property given in 1970 to the University for the Fitzwilliam Museum and endowed by the late Sir Hamilton Kerr, Bart, M.P. Situated at the edge of the village of Whittlesford, 7 miles south of Cambridge, it stands in extensive grounds bordering the Cam. The premises consist of a mid-eighteenth century house and converted mill buildings, containing offices and a scientific laboratory, restoration studios, studios for panel treatment and the relining of canvases, and studios for photography and x-radiography. The Institute's Library contains technical and art-historical books, archives, photographs and slides.

London Studio

The Hamilton Kerr Institute London Studio was established in 1980 under the direction of Herbert Lank. Students work there on attachment for short periods under the direction of Simon Bobak and Anna Sanden.


view of the grounds at the HKIThe Hamilton Kerr Institute gratefully acknowledges the Donors who supported the work of the Institute and gave grants to students at the Institute during the current academic year: