Founded 1943

Two important objectives of the BAPCR are to advance the profession by providing means for continuing professional development, and provide service to the public.


Meetings open to the public are held throughout year. See the Events page for upcoming activities.


Illustrated lectures are given both by independent and museum-based speakers. The topics can cover conservation practice, science and history of art.


Some the subjects of the past meetings have included:



Articles arising from meetings are usually published in the Picture Restorer.


Since 1993 (the 50th anniversary of BAPCR) conferences have become a regular fixture in our calendar.

In 2000 Retouching and Filling was held at the National Gallery, London, with accompanying trade fair and demonstrations. Previous subjects have been Varnishing: Theory and Practice (1993) and Managing Restraint in Panels (1998). Our 2011 conference Ripping Yarns: Traditions and Advances in the Structural Repair of Canvas Paintings was held at The Courtauld Institute of Art. Last year’s conference, The Picture So Far...50 Years of Painting Conservation, was held at the Royal Institution.


Our twice-yearly illustrated journal The Picture Restorer is free to members and contains articles describing current conservation research, restoration projects, study visits, business information, editorial and more.



As part of its service to the public, the Association can provide the names of Fellows who can advise clients on the conservation and restoration of their paintings. Fellows were members with a minimum of seven years experience who passed an assessment of their practical abilities and professional attitude.