What is NRLC ?

The National Research Laboratory for Conservation of Cultural Property (NRLC) is a subordinate office of the Department of culture, Govt. of India established in 1976 to provide support in the conservation of cultural property to cultural institutions throughout the country ,carry out research for development of newer methods of conservation and to provide training in the field of conservation.. The Laboratory has full-fledged teams of conservators and conservation scientists to work on different aspects of material like metals, stone, manuscripts, textiles, wooden objects, paintings, ethnographical materials, etc. Over the years, the Laboratory has developed expertise in these fields and has executed wide range of conservation projects in the country and abroad. The Laboratory has all the infrastructure and advanced facilities available for undertaking conservation work.


How can NRLC come to your rescue?

NRLC plans to undertake field projects to create awareness for conservation and to support to museums and other institutions in their conservation work. The projects will be self- sustaining and will be guided by the NRLC and its team of experts. The NRLC will provide expertise and institutions will provide funds, which will be utilized to employ restoration and other staff on contractual basis and for purchase of chemicals/conservation materials required for the execution of the projects.


Who can approach and for what?

Central and State Govt. departments, museums, universities, art galleries and other related institutions can approach for

  • Imparting training to their staff
  • Designing and setting up their conservation laboratories
  • For conservation of their cultural heritage
  • Rendering advice on preventive conservation
  • Scientific research on materials of conservation

How and when to approach?

This will be an on-going activity and the interested museums / institutions may write to Director giving details of their objects which require conservation and other assistance which they may require in the training of their staff and setting up of their conservation Laboratories. For further queries please write/contact :

The Director,
National Research Laboratory for conservation of Cultural Property,
E/3 Aliganj scheme
Lucknow- 226024
Phones : 0522-2335359, 2335360
Fax : 0522-2372378