Ian McClure was appointed the Susan Morse Hilles Chief Conservator at Yale University Art Gallery and Conservation Advisor for the Yale Center for British Art in 2008. He is currently head of the shared Conservation Center. Construction of the Center was completed in early 2015. In 1983 he was appointed Director of the Hamilton Kerr Institute, a department of the Fitzwilliam Museum, University of Cambridge, UK, a center for paintings conservation and research and the graduate education of painting conservators. In 2005 he was also appointed Deputy Director, Conservation at the Fitzwilliam Museum.
- With Larry Kanter and Lisa Brody, Time Will Tell, Yale University Art Gallery, May 2009
- Mission Impossible? Fitzwilliam Museum, 2006
- The Hamilton Kerr Institute, The First Ten Years, Fitzwilliam Museum, 1988
- John Knox, Landscape Painter, Glasgow Art Gallery and Museums, 1977
- Organized the Summer Teachers Institute in Technical Art History, 2012 and 2013, funded by the Samuel H. Kress Foundation.
- Currently teaching HSAR 466, The Technical Examination of Art, for the History of Art Department at Yale, from Spring Term 2010 onwards
- Directed 3-year Postgraduate Diploma course in the Conservation of Easel Painting, University of Cambridge, 1984 -2008