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Department of Collection Care

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Department of Collection Care
The British Museum
Great Russell Street
London WC1B 3DG

The Department of Collection Care comprises the Collection Management, Conservation and Photography and Imaging teams.

The department was established on 1 March 2019, bringing these three teams together. Sandra Smith is the Head of the Collection Care department, which has approximately 180 members of staff. 

The Collection Management team is responsible for the storage, movement, and display of the collection, making it accessible for researchers and the public, both at the Museum and at national and international venues.

The Conservation team conserves, preserves and investigates the collection for the benefit of present and future generations.

The Photography and Imaging team shoots high-quality 2D and 3D images of objects from the permanent collection as well as many other things, including archaeology and architecture. 

Find out more about the work of these teams below.