The Ceramics and Minor Arts Conservation Laboratory of the National Archaeological Museum is one of the first conservation laboratories of antiquities in Greece. Today it employs three conservators of antiquities and works of art. The main duties of the staff of the laboratory include: conservation reports, conservation work, restoration and aesthetic presentation of ancient ceramics (vases, figurines, architectural elements) and minor arts objects (jewelry, sealstones, ivory or bone, glass), writing scientific papers as well as supporting permanent and periodic exhibitions of the National Archaeological Museum and the Ministry of Culture in Greece and abroad.
The Ceramics and Minor Arts Conservation Laboratory is located on the 4th floor of the museum, it occupies two rooms with a total area of 180 m2 and is equipped with the necessary equipment, like central fume and dust extractors, fire safety system, safety storage cabinet for storing chemicals, personal safety equipment, stereomicroscopes with camera, etc.
Also, mountings for antiquities of the Ceramics and Minor Arts Collection of the Museum are designed and made at the laboratory. The making of mountings at the conservation laboratory is a tradition that started from the very first exhibition of the Ceramics and Minor Arts Collection of the Museum, at the end of the 19th century from the experienced ‘skilled craftsmen’ and is continuing until nowadays from the conservators who participate at the installation and de-installation of periodic exhibitions of the Museum and the Ministry of Culture in Greece and abroad. For this reason, the laboratory has a special organized workshop with the necessary tools and machinery.
The Ceramics and Minor Arts Conservation Laboratory employs three conservators of antiquities and works of art, Despoina Marsinopoulou, Panagiotis Athanasopoulos and Katerina Xilina.