Over 800 works were examined in the paintings and frames collection. More than a quarter of this number needed to be secured in their frames or have a protective backboard attached, or indeed both.

This was made possible by setting up a temporary conservation studio in a vacant, top-lit corner space on the upper level of the building to allow conservators and technicians to work on site (the Conservation Department is based at the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art One, Belford Road).

For those frames that were considered to be especially elaborate or vulnerable, specially-designed ‘transit-frames’ were commissioned for transport and storage.

One important development for Conservation was the use of the National Galleries of Scotland’s collection database, Mimsy XG, to record condition survey information. This resource not only widens access to condition information within the Galleries, but will prove to be invaluable during the second stage of the project – the preparation of works for the new displays.