Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Vastu Sangrahalaya

Conservation Restoration


CSMVS MACC comprises of a team of 25-30 personnel that includes conservators-restorers and assistants, research and documentation staff. The team members are encouraged and provided opportunities to build up their professional capacities.

The conservation centre is continually improving its facilities and competencies to implement preventive and remedial conservation of contemporary, artistic and historic works as,

  • Oil paintings on canvas and panel
  • Tempera paintings on paper and cloth
  • Miniature paintings, manuscripts, other works on paper
  • Objects including polychrome wood sculpture, decorative arts and works on metals, stone, terracotta, ceramics, glass, ivory, bone, leather, and parchment
  • Textiles
  • Natural history specimens

Conservation of objects

Between 2008-2015, over 1500 art objects were registered at the CSMVS MACC for varying levels of analyses, documentation or treatment. This steady stream of objects provides a great opportunity of work experience for the team, interns and students involved with the conservation centre.

Support for Events and Exhibitions

The CSMVS MACC teams are a reliable partner for any national or international exhibition and event. Their responsibilities include checking loan documents, condition inspection, supervising packing and transport, collection care and co-ordination of seminars and events.
Some of the events are highlighted below.

The Indian Conservation Fellowships Pilot Program supported by Ministry of Culture, Government of India and The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation

The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York and the Stichting Restauratie Atelier Limburg (SRAL), Maastricht with support of the Ministry of Culture, Government of India and The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation conducted a two-year pilot program offering Fellowships to Indian citizens engaged in the conservation of sculpture, paintings and objects. The Fellowships were for a period of 3-6 months each and were spaced over October 2013 to September 2015. The Fellowships were designed to broaden the experience of conservators currently working in art and cultural heritage museums and institutions in India.

This Program gave Indian conservators Fellowship opportunities in the USA and in The Netherlands for advanced professional development and international exchange. 17 Fellows from the institutions across India were awarded fellowships at The Metropolitan Museum of Art (MMA), New York, USA and the Stichting Restauratie Atelier Limburg (SRAL), Maastricht, The Netherlands. Fellows in Paintings and Historic Interiors Conservation were based at SRAL. Fellows in Sculpture, Objects, and Furniture Conservation were based at the Sherman Fairchild Center for Objects Conservation at the MMA.

To explore the possibility of extending the Fellowship Program further, a second and concluding seminar was held at CSMVS (the first at IGNCA, Delhi) for the fellows to present their work to a broader audience and share the experience they gained. The seminar concluded with a panel discussion for review and future plans. The 2nd round of Fellowships were announced early 2016.

The 46th National IASC Conference
In 1966, at the UNESCO regional seminar on the development of museums in India, with a major focus on conservation of art in museums, the Indian Association for the Study of Conservation of Cultural Property (IASC) was formed. The 46th National Conference, ‘Conservation of Cultural Property in India: Steady Steps Ahead’ was organized by the CSMVS Museum Art Conservation Centre from June 2- 4, 2014. The event was held under the aegis of the Art Conservation Resurgence Project supported by Sir Dorabji Tata Trust. The objective of the Conference was to take stock of art conservation in India, share experience and engage in dialogue to take steady steps ahead to further the cause of conservation of cultural property.

254 conservation professionals, museologists, trainers, educators, representing most of the states of India attended and participated in this conference that was inaugurated by Dr. Venu Vasudevan, then Director General of National Museum, New Delhi. Officials from 76 institutions participated in this conference including directors of important national and state museums of the country.

Panel Discussions
Sector Background And Challenges For Art Conservation In India
This panel discussion surveyed present infrastructure, training, formal educational programs, practices, systems, protocols, health and safety as well as the approach to art conservation by various stake holders. The panelists also identified the challenges that art conservation practice in India must surmount and discussed possible means of doing this.

Technical Meeting
Climatic Parameters For Museums In India
This technical meeting was attended by directors of various museums. The group discussed the range of climatic variations in India, low application of climate control strategies in museums at a time when there is an increase in the number of museums being developed or renovated.

Paper Presentations
The conference comprised of intensive full-day working sessions over three days and 49 papers were simultaneously presented at two venues. The subjects included the following: Reflectance Transformation Imaging and Scientific Analysis Techniques, Pesticide-Free Approaches to Pest Management, Art Laws, Conservation of Monuments, conservation of paintings and other objects including murals, metals, photographs, natural history specimens, paper materials, textiles, documentation systems and digital mapping, heritage management, crafts, environmental pollution, bio-deterioration, preventive conservation and intangible heritage. Group discussions took place after every session.


The CAM Conference
With a view to address the decreasing role of museums in society and diminishing interest of visitors in the conventional aspects of museums, the CSMVS Museum Art Conservation Centre coordinated the Commonwealth Association of Museums conference and workshop on ‘Rethinking Museums’ from 1-5 June, 2010. This conference was attended by 107 delegates from 15 Commonwealth Countries. The Ministry of Culture, Govt. of India, the Commonwealth Foundation and other Corporate and private supporters funded the event.

This conference was designed to ensure proactive involvement of each delegate to arrive at short term project plans and a draft declaration and consider the initiation of framing workable guidelines for India in particular.

Preparation of short term projects on innovative roles for museums for possible implementation
Through a well designed workshop session, fifty five ‘out of the box’ draft projects were designed, prepared and submitted by the participants for possible implementation.

Resource Bank
A resource bank was set up for the delegates from where they could refer to literature related to museums, fellowship forms and related publications.

Another thrust that this conference gave was to encourage building of partnerships between various institutions and nations. In fact, to set an example, the conference organized by the CAM, CSMVS and the NCSM ensured that it shared credit with eleven other partner institutions: National Museum, New Delhi; National Gallery of Modern Art, Delhi; Indian Museum, Kolkata; Museum Association of India; Salarjung Museum, Hyderabad; Museum of Man, Bhopal; Department of Museology, M. S. University, Baroda; Meherangarh Fort Museum, Jodhpur; Dr. Bhau Daji Lad Mumbai City Museum; Museum Society of Bombay; Directorate of Archaeology and Museums; Maharashtra State.