Conservation efforts have been primarily supported by the Wheaton College Friends of Art who established the Art Conservation Gift Fund in March 2009. In April of the following year, the Friends of Art voted to rename the fund in honor of Professor Ann H. Murray on the occasion of her retirement. Private donors and foundations have also supported conservation efforts through gifts and grants.
In addition, through their work study employment, a select group of students help to maintain objects in the collection by performing minor conservation and cleaning in consultation with professional conservators such as Ingrid Neuman of Berkshire Art Conservation and, Camille Myers Breeze of Museum Textile Services.
Among others, objects that have benefited from the conservation program include:
- An untitled landscape (74.059) by Italian painter Achille Vertunni, donated by Mrs. Thomas Richardson. The painting was conserved by Susan Werner O'Day, Class of 1977, with the support of grant from the Cricket Foundation and from the Friends of Art.
- The Costume of the Duchess du Choiseul (34.085) and an embroidered Spanish altar cloth (34.104), both purchased from the Edgar L. Ashley Collection with funds from the Carnegie Foundation and conserved by Camille Myers Breeze, Founder/Director of Museum Textile Services, through the Ann H. Murray Art Conservation Fund.