MA in Conservation of Wall Paintings

Research Projects

MA dissertations unless otherwise stated:

2010

M. Na’es, Assessment of diagnostic environmental monitoring of wall paintings in historic buildings (sponsored by English Heritage)

A. Rava, Adhesion failure in wall paintings: a methodological approach to the remedial intervention (sponsored by English Heritage)

J. Segura Escobar, Sorbent and abrasive: critical assessment of the potential role of sponges in the conservation of wall painting

E. Woolley, Covering and concealing wall paintings: an investigation into rationales and methods (sponsored by English Heritage)

2008

A. Nevin, Fluorescence and Raman spectroscopy for analysis of protein-based paint media PhD [published as Nevin et al.: ‘The influence of visible light and commonly found inorganic pigments on the autofluorescence of egg, casein and collagen-based media’, Applied Physics A, 92 (2008) 69-76; ‘Laser-induced fluorescence analysis of protein-based binding media’, Proceedings of the 6th LACONA Conference, Heidelberg, 2007, 309-15; ‘Time-resolved fluorescence spectroscopy and imaging of proteinaceous binders used in paintings’, Analytical and Bioanalytical Chemistry, 388 (2007) 1897-1905; ‘Analysis of protein-based binding media found in paintings using laser-induced fluorescence spectroscopy’, Analytica Chimica Acta, 573 (2006) 341-6.]

J. Zheng, Conservation at heritage sites: a critical review and case studies PhD

2007

K. Corda, An investigation of chemical methods for the removal of aerosol graffiti paint from contemporary external mural paintings’ (sponsored by English Heritage)

K. Graves, An investigation into the technology and behaviour of contemporary murals executed on Portland cement-based supports

N. Kakumoto, Characterisation of the effects of fire on wall paintings: Cave 260, Dunhuang

J. Porter, ELISA in the analysis of proteinaceous media in wall paintings (sponsored by English Heritage)

G. Verri, An investigation of corrected UV-induced fluorescence for the examination of polychromy (sponsored by English Heritage) [published as Verri et al.:‘Correction of ultraviolet-induced fluorescence spectra for the examination of polychromy’, Applied Spectroscopy 62(12) (2008); ‘Post-capture data analysis as an aid to the interpretation of ultraviolet-induced fluorescence images’, in Computer Image Analysis in the Study of Art (Proceedings of SPIE-IS&T Electronic Imaging, SPIE Vol. 6810), ed. D. G. Stork and J. Coddington, 2008, 1-12.]

P. Westlake, Lifting fallen plaster from archaeological excavations: an investigation of the intervention criteria and assessment of available materials and methods

2004

S. Bogin, A technical study of the early Buddhist wall paintings at Nako, Himachal Pradesh, India [published as ‘A technical study of the early Buddhist wall paintings at Nako, Himachal Pradesh, India’, Zeitschrift für Kunsttechnologie und Konservierung, 19 (2005) 199-230].

E. Howe, Wall painting technology at Westminster Abbey c.1270-1300: a comparative study of the murals in the south transept and the Chapel of St Faith (sponsored by English Heritage) [published as ‘Artistic patronage and painting practices at Westminster Abbey: a comparative study of the murals in the south transept and St Faith’s Chapel’, Burlington Magazine, 148 (2006) 4-14; ‘Wall painting technology at Westminster Abbey c.1260-1300: a comparative study of the murals in the south transept and the Chapel of St. Faith’, in Medieval Painting in Northern Europe: Techniques, Analysis, Art History. Studies in Commemoration of the 70th Birthday of Unn Plahter, ed. J. Nadolny with K. Kollandsrud, M. L. Sauerberg and T. Froysaker, London 2006, 91-113].

J. Loring, The Church of Agios Sozomenos, Galata, Cyprus, and the wall paintings of Symeon Axenti: a technical study of post-Byzantine wall painting pratices in Cyprus during the Venetian period (1489-1570)

C. Martin de Fonjaudran, Removing non-original varnishes from two oil-based wall paintings: an investigation of the intervention criteria and assessment of selected cleaning methods (sponsored by English Heritage)

A. Nevin, ATR and reflectance mcrio-FTIR: an exploration of their suitability for the analysis of wall painting cross-sections [published as ‘The use of micro-FTIR with attenuated total reflection for the analysis of wall painting cross-sections’, Zeitschrift für Kunsttechnologie und Konsiervung, 19 (2005) 356-68].

S. Tringham, Characterising the deposition of acrylic consolidants in painted lime plaster (sponsored by English Heritage) [published as Characterising the deposition of acrylic consolidants in painted lime plaster, Zeitschrift für Kunsttechnologie und Konsiervung (in the press)].

2002

M. Gill, Late medieval wall painting in England: content and context (c.1350-c.1530) PhD

2001

R. Pender, Moisture sorption of porous support materials of wall paintings: an investigation of the influence of some environmental factors PhD [published as 'Towards monitoring moisture movement in the support materials of wall paintings', in Proceedings of the 6th International Conference on "Non-destructive Testing and Microanalysis for the Diagnostics and Conservation of the Cultural and Environmental Heritage", I, Rome 1999, 829-41; ‘The behaviour of water in porous building materials and structures’, Reviews in Conservation, 5 (2004) 49-62.]

2000

S. Godfraind, Artificial copper chloride pigments: methods of production and analysis (sponsored by English Heritage)

H. Howard, The pigments of English medieval wall painting PhD [published as Pigments of English medieval wall painting, London 2003.]

C. Kyi, The significance of appropriate sampling and cultivation techniques in the effective assessment of biodeterioration (sponsored by English Heritage) [published as ‘The significance of appropriate sampling and cultivation in the effective assessment of biodeterioration’, Zeitschrift für Kunsttechnologie und Konservierung, 20 (2006), 344-52.]

S. Pesko, Air flow visualisation for wall paintings in historic buildings: review and investigations of potential methods (sponsored by English Heritage) [published as ‘Airflow visualisation for wall paintings in historic buildings: review and investigation of potential methods’, Zeitschrift für Kunsttechnologie und Konservierung, 16 (2002) 225-51.]

S. Pinchin, An investigation of the influence of wax and Paraloid B72 on the sorption and water vapour transmission of painted lime plaster (sponsored by English Heritage)

A. Smith, Characterisation of fillers (sponsored by English Heritage)

J. Spooner, A comparative technical analysis of the wall and sculptural polychromy at Greyfriars, Great Yarmouth, and the Prior's Chapel at Castle Acre Priory in Norfolk (sponsored by English Heritage) [published as ‘A technical examination of the wall paintings at Castle Acre Priory and Greyfriars, Great Yarmouth’, in King’s Lynn and the Fens: Medieval Art, Architecture and Archaeology (British Archaeological Association Conference Transactions, 31), ed. J. McNeill, Leeds 2008, 170-85.]

K. Tibensky, Preserving the exposed archaeological wall paintings at the Hippodrome, Caesarea, Israel, by application of a protective plaster layer (sponsored by English Heritage)

1999

I. Griffin, Earthen grouts in wall painting conservation: an investigation of their working properties and performance characteristics MA

1998

E. Schwan, Secular wall paintings in Normandy: condition and conservation priorities MA [published as 'Les peintures murales de Sainte-Gauburge', in Art de Basse-Normandie, 116 (1998) 35-7]

1997

C. Binder, A technical study of the paintings in the choir of the Magdalenenkirche in Judenburg, Austria

R. Burch, Reburial: an assessment of its efficacy as a conservation measure for wall paintings

V. Frieden, The wall paintings of the church of Agios Ioannis Prodhromos, Askas, Cyprus: a technical study

R. Gowing, Monitoring solar radiation on painted architectural surfaces: an investigation into using a CCD camera (sponsored by English Heritage) [published as 'Digital insolation measurement: calibration of CCD camera recordings of reflected light intensity to produce values of incident lux exposure on wall paintings', in Proceedings of the 6th International Conference on "Non-destructive Testing and Microanalysis for the Diagnostics and Conservation of the Cultural and Environmental Heritage", I, Rome 1999, 283-96]

I. Griffin, Pozzolanas as additives for grouts: an investigation of their use in wall painting conservation (sponsored by English Heritage) [published as ‘Pozzolanas as additives for grouts: an investigation of their working properties and performance characteristics’, Studies in Consrvation, 49 (2204) 23-34.

H. Leitner, Brittle and flexible: the structural stabilisation of painted plaster on suspended wooden ceilings published as 'Brittle and flexible: the structural stabilisation of painted plaster on suspended wooden ceilings', Zeitschrift für Kunsttechnologie und Konservierung, 14 (2000)] MA

C. Pinchart, Tourism: an investigation of its effects on the conservation of wall paintings

C. Redman, Cellulose supports used in the conservation of wall paintings: an evaluation of their characteristics and properties (sponsored by ENGLISH HERITAGE) [published as 'Cellulose sorbents: an evaluation of their working properties for use in wall painting conservation', The Conservator, 23 (1999) 68-76]

L. Shekede, English domestic wall painting on earthen supports: materials and deterioration MA [published as 'Wall paintings on earthen supports: evaluating analytical methods for conservation', in Terra 2000 (Preprints of an International Conference on the Study and Conservation of Earthen Architecture, Plymouth, May 2000), London 2000, 169-75]

L. Wong, Condition assessments in the field of wall painting conservation (sponsored by ENGLISH HERITAGE)

1996

R. Gasol, The wall paintings of the chapter house of Sigena, Aragon: conservation history and scientific examination of their original technique MA [published as 'Study of the original technique of the wall paintings of the chapter house of Santa Maria de Sigena, Spain (1190-1200)', in Preprints of the ICOM-CC 12th Triennial Meeting, Lyon, 29 August - 3 September 1999, II, London 1999, 467-72]

R. Linn, Scientific investigation of the Roman and early Byzantine wall paintings of Caesarea, Israel MA (in collaboration with and sponsored by THE ISRAEL ANTIQUITIES AUTHORITY)

1995

A. Heritage, Imaging dynamic processes in conservation: time-lapse video microscopy with on-line data acquisition and direct image annotation MA (in collaboration with the GETTY CONSERVATION INSTITUTE) [published as 'Imaging dynamic processes in conservation: on-line data acquisition and direct image annotation', in Proceedings of the 6th International Conference on "Non-destructive Testing and Microanalysis for the Diagnostics and Conservation of the Cultural and Environmental Heritage", I, Rome 1999, 297-310]

I. Kakoulli, Hellenistic and Roman wall paintings in Cyprus: a scientific investigation of their technology MA (in collaboration with the ARCHAEOLOGICAL RESEARCH UNIT, University of Cyprus) [published as 'Roman wall paintings in Cyprus: a scientific investigation of their technology', in Roman Wall Painting: Materials, Techniques, Analysis and Conservation (Proceedings of the International Workshop, Fribourg, March 1996), ed. H. Béarat et al., Fribourg 1997, 131-41]

A. Sawdy, An examination of the kinetics of the deliquescence and crystallisation of some soluble salts found in wall paintings MSc (in collaboration with the GETTY CONSERVATION INSTITUTE)

1994

A. Heritage, An evaluation of the potential of video microscopy in the examination, recording and monitoring of wall paintings in situ (sponsored by ENGLISH HERITAGE)

I. Kakoulli, Philaretos' Akra Tapenoses at Monagri: its technique, condition and cleaning in the context of late Byzantine wall painting in Cyprus

T. Manning, 'Spirit fresco': its genesis, development and dissemination (preliminary research published as 'The "spirit fresco" technique and its historical context', in Thomas Gambier Parry 1816-1888 as artist and collector (Courtauld Institute exh. cat.), London 1993, 46-52)

S. Mellin, Mural paintings ex situ: current approaches to presentation and mounting

R. Pender, An investigation into the monitoring of the surface temperature of wall paintings (sponsored by ENGLISH HERITAGE) [published as 'Monitoring the surface temperature of wall paintings', in Non-destructive Testing to Evaluate Damage due to Environmental Effects on Historic Monuments (Preprints of the EC Workshop at Trieste, 1996), Trieste 1996, paper 21]

A. Sawdy, Deterioration of the Romanesque wall paintings at Hardham Church, West Sussex: a study of the influence of salts and organic coatings (sponsored by ENGLISH HERITAGE)

L. Shekede, Lasers: a preliminary study of their potential for the cleaning and uncovering of wall paintings (sponsored by ENGLISH HERITAGE) [published as 'Laser für die Reinigung und Freilegung von Wandmalereien', Restauro, 103 (1997) 172-7; 'Lasers: a preliminary study of their potential for the cleaning and uncovering of wall paintings', Retsauratorenblätter 16 (1996), ed. W. Kautek & E. König, Vienna 1997, 51-6; 'The effects of laser radiation on polychromed surfaces', in The Analysis of Pigments and Plasters÷its Relevance to Current Wall Painting and Stone Conservation Practice (Post-prints of a UKIC Wall Paintings Section Conference, February 1997), London 1998, 23-25]

C. Tinzl, Removal of salts from lime plaster by means of poulticing

J. Zheng, Approaches to the treatment of wall paintings on clay-based renders outside China since 1949: a review

1992

F. Piqué, Scientific examination of the sculptural polychromy of Cave 6, Yungang MSc (in collaboration with the GETTY CONSERVATION INSTITUTE) [published as 'Scientific examination of the sculptural polychromy of Cave 6 at Yungang', in Conservation of Ancient Sites on the Silk Road (Proceedings of an International Conference on the Conservation of Grotto Sites organized by the Getty Conservation Institute, Dunhuang Academy, and Chinese National Institute of Cultural Property, Dunhuang 1993), ed. N. Agnew, Los Angeles 1997, 348-61]

1991

T. Curteis, An investigation of the use of solvent gels for the removal of wax-based coatings from wall paintings

S. Hluvko, Red pigments in English medieval wall painting

S. Paine, The effects of bat excreta on wall paintings [published as 'The effects of bat excreta on wall paintings', The Conservator 17 (1993) 3-10 ]

F. Piqué, The deliquescence of calcium nitrate and its implications for wall painting conservation [published as 'Physicochemical aspects of the deliquescence of calcium nitrate and its implications for wall painting conservation', with L. Dei and E. Ferroni, Studies in Conservation 37 (1992) 217-27]

S. Stewart, The uncovering of wall paintings: ethics and methods

P. Welford, An investigation into the phenomenon of dark flesh areas in English medieval wall paintings [= altered lead pigments]

1988

M. Alof, The crypt of Rochester Cathedral, Kent: a study into moisture-related deterioration of the wall paintings and stonework

C. Babington, The technique and restoration of the frescoes by William Dyce

H. Howard, Blue pigments in English medieval wall painting

J. James, The wall paintings of Horsham St Faith Priory, Norfolk: an investigation of environmental causes of decay [published in Science, Technology and European Cultural Heritage (Proceedings of the European Symposium, Bologna 1989), ed. N. S. aer et al., Oxford 1991, 920-23]

K. Powell, Fixatives and consolidants used on English wall paintings in situ since 1959: a survey

S. Rickerby, An investigation into heat alterations to pigments on plaster in the fresco technique [published as 'Heat alterations to pigments painted in the fresco technique', The Conservator 15 (1991) 39-44]