Conserving the Dame Margaret Turner-Warwick portrait
Portrait of Dame Margaret Turner Warwick glazed.
Portrait of Dame Margaret Turner Warwick after conservation

The portrait of Dame Margaret Turner-Warwick returns to display in the Censors’ Room after grant-funded conservation.

After a successful funding bid by the RCP Museum, a grant was awarded by the Institute of Conservation (ICON) and Tru Vue to conserve and glaze the painting of Dame Margaret Turner-Warwick.

Dame Turner-Warwick was a leading doctor of lung diseases, a significant woman in medicine who was instrumental in raising the profile of respiratory medicine within the NHS. She was the first elected woman president in the RCP’s over 500-year history. The Turner-Warwick lecturer scheme for trainee physicians is also named in her honour.

The grant funded the commissioning of a specialist conservator to clean, repair and glaze the painting with Tru Vue museum glass. The new glazing will protect the oil painting from future pollution, UV light damage and any accidental grazes to the canvas. The grant has ensured that Dame Turner-Warwick’s portrait will be kept safe and looking its best to delight and inspire future audiences.

Elizabeth Douglas, collections officer

Elizabeth Douglas ,
Collections officer

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