OKAKURA Tenshin (1862 - 1913), who founded the Tokyo Fine Arts School which was the forerunner of the Tokyo National University for Fine Arts and Music, is well-known for the fact that he was quick to become involved in the research of the classical crafts and the preservation of traditional techniques. It can be said that this marked the starting point of the preservation of cultural properties and as a result, in addition to producing talented artists, this university has continued to train large numbers of people in the fields of classical research and the preservation of cultural properties.
Our laboratory was established as part of the Universityﾕs graduate course in 1968, at around the same time that the Committee for the Preservation of Cultural Properties was reorganized to create Agency for Cultural Affairs. Carrying on from the ﾔSculpture Preservation and Restoration Techniques Laboratoryﾕ, its object was to train talented students in both the theories and techniques necessary for a new era in the preservation of cultural properties. In 1995 the Cultural Properties Preservation Department was established in the graduate school, this being divided into three parts, Conservation and Restoration, Conservation Science, and System Conservation, the laboratory representing the sculpture section of the Conservation and Restoration Section.