Conservation Science Department
In autumn 1996 the Conservation Science Department was set up at the Kunsthistorisches Museum Vienna (KHM), starting with one scientist. The new department was meant to support the restorers of the eight in-house collections in answering questions concerning materials and techniques used by the artists as well as in solving restoration problems.
Since 1998 the Conservation Science Department is available to curators and restorers of the Kunsthistorisches Museum Vienna (since 2001 also for the affiliated institutions Weltmuseum Wien (WMW) and Theatre Museum (TM)), doing physical and chemical investigations.
From 2002 onward the laboratory was enlarged in personnel and analytical techniques, partly due to projects supported by different Austrian research bodies. The modern analytical instruments, necessary for studying special topics, were mainly financed by research fundings. Today the Conservation Science Department is involved in a number of research projects – internally or externally funded – and has five staff members, i.e. four scientific coworkers and a secretary.