The Thornham Parva Retable
The Thornham Parva Retable

The Hamilton Kerr Institute is a branch of the Fitzwilliam Museum in Cambridgeshire, England, dedicated to the study and conservation of easel paintings. It is also part of the University of Cambridge.

Facilities and logistics

The institute was founded in 1976 through grants from the Baring Foundation, the Esmée Fairbairn Trust, the Gulbenkian Foundation, the Isaac Wolfson Foundation, the Monument Trust, and the Pilgrim Trust, and continues to finance itself through income from its work and its endowment fund. It is housed in a riverside property, donated by Hamilton Kerr, seven miles south of Cambridge in the village of Whittlesford. 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. In 1980, the institute opened a studio in London.[1]

Notable restoration accomplishments

List of major donors

The following have made donations:[1]


  1. ^ a b Hamilton Kerr Institute History Page Archived 2 September 2011 at the Wayback Machine. Retrieved 24 December 2008.
  2. ^ Bunny Smedley (27 May 2005). "The Westminster Retable at the National Gallery". Archived from the original on 20 November 2008. Retrieved 24 December 2008.
  3. ^ The Hamilton Kerr Institute in Cambridge has restored a 15-ft long medieval altarpiece, History Today, 2003.