I am a conservator based in Oxford, and working both nationally and internationally. I specialise in wall paintings, sculpture, and polychrome or gilded surfaces. The projects range from big schemes in historic buildings, cathedrals and churches to small privately owned pieces.
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I trained in conservation at the City and Guilds of London Art School, graduating in 1997, before undertaking further training in Italy with a Leonardo da Vinci grant to study with a conservator in Urbino. In addition, I hold an MSc from University College London in Sustainable Heritage, covering conservation issues, methodologies, policies and practice, encompassing sites, built heritage, and collections.
Since 1998 I have been working freelance, both independently and in collaboration with highly respected conservation professionals and institutions, on conservation projects for sculpture, wall paintings and polychrome and gilded decorative surfaces.
My studio is based in Oxford but I also work on conservation projects across the UK and internationally. I have practiced in Germany, Turkey, France, Belgium and Greece, on private projects and for exhibitions, and have held contracts in the paintings department of the Benaki Museum in Athens, and at the American School of Classical Studies in Athens’ Agora conservation laboratory.
I have a long-term involvement in the site based conservation of tomb painting and built heritage in Egypt: running wall painting conservation projects for the American Research Center at the tombs of Menna, Neferrenpet and at the Red Monastery; working on the Tombs of Sennefer and Amenemope for the Université libre de Bruxelles’ Archaeological Mission to the Theban Necropolis; for the Institut Français
d’Archéologie Orientale at the Deir el Medina; for the University of Leiden; and for Oxford University/Ashmolean Museum’s epigraphic mission to Elkab. I am a part of the ICOM CIPEG (International Committee for Egyptology) Expert Group on the Tutankhamen Shrine Project.
I am a member of ICON, IIC and ICOM.
I specialise in wall paintings, sculpture, and decorative and gilded surfaces.
Conservation and restoration of paintings on plaster, wood, stone and related surfaces. Subjects can be decorative or figurative and date from 2000 BC to modern.
Conservation services include: condition surveying and mapping, inspection and advice, examination with flat, raking and UV light and under magnification as necessary, as well as treatment as necessary including stabilisation, cleaning, uncovering, consolidation and fixing, filling and retouching.
Conservation of sculpture, in wood, terracotta, stone and plaster and related materials, with or without polychromy. This includes religious and classical sculpture, privately owned pieces and church monuments.
Conservation services include: condition surveying and mapping, advice, documentation including examination under microscope and in flat, raking and UV light as necessary, cleaning, consolidation and fixing, structural repairs, reconstruction of losses as appropraite, and retouching.
Conservation of gilded surfaces, which can be part of a decorative polychrome scheme or interior, objects or frames.
Conservation services include: condition reporting, including examination under microscope and with flat, raking and UV light as necessary, documentation, advice, cleaning, fixing, both oil and water gilding.
Conservation services include advisory support: inspections and advice; research; surveys – condition surveying and mapping; risk assessment; set up and management of conservation projects.
Consultancy has ranged from assessments for small private projects to international collaborations, notably in the Theban Tombs, recently undertaking condition surveying for the whole complex of tombs at the Deir el Medina for the Institut Français d’archéologie orientale, for St Paul’s Catacombs for Heritage Malta and for the ICOM-CIPEG Tutankhamun Shrine Project pictured above.
From the blog
Some recent projects, news, and conservation issues
The Chantry Library, the reference collection of conservation literature owned and managed by the Oxford Conservation Consortium, has introduced a series of subject bibliographies to it's website, with the aim of providing curated information through [...]
Last week I was invited to attend the international conference on NANOmaterials for the RESToration of works of ART, (NANORESTART ), held at the National Museum of Denmark in Copenhagen 29-30 November 2018. The conference [...]
Two Saturdays ago a workshop on advanced imaging techniques was held at the Egypt Exploration Society in London. It was taught by Dr Kathryn Piquette, of the UCL Centre for Digital Humanities. The purpose [...]
Conservation of Theban Temples and Tombs
B. Madden, H. Tavier, 2017. ‘The Conservation of the Tomb Chapel of Sennefer TT96A’, in Conservation of Theban Temples and Tombs, Symposium Proceedings February 2016, Luxor. Gerda Henkel Stiftung. 8-15.
The Conservation of the Tomb chapel of Sennefer TT96a
From the inaugural international symposium on the conservation of Theban Temples and Tombs held in Luxor, Egypt 2016, sponsored by the Gerda Henkel Foundation. The article discusses the 15-year conservation and research project at the Tomb of Sennefer, undertaken by the Universities of Brussels and Liège. It looks at the ethics, materiality, and technical challenges of the conservation of a Theban tomb.
This article, and all of the papers presented at the symposium are available here: Conservation of Theban Temples and Tombs, Symposium Proceedings
B. Madden, H. Tavier, 2018. ‘Original Painting Techniques. Methods and Materials in 18thDynasty Tombs, in the Valley of the Nobles, Egypt’, in: C. von Rüden – J. Jungfleisch – J. Becker (eds.) Tracing Technoscapes: The Production of Bronze Age Wall Paintings in the Eastern Mediterranean. Sidestone Press. 119-149.
Original Painting Techniques. Methods and Materials in 18thDynasty Tombs, in the Valley of the Nobles, Egypt
Developed from a paper given at the interdisciplinary workshop held at the 10th ICAANE in Vienna, this paper discusses the original painting construction, methods, techniques and materials used in Theban elite private tombs of the 18th Dynasty. The findings are based on research, archaeometry, conservation work, as well as experimental archaeology. Using this multiple research method and the associated findings it attempts to answer some of the questions most frequently asked about the construction and decoration of painted tomb chapels.
The full publication is available for free download or to order in print version here: Original Painting Techniques, Methods and Materials in 18th Dynasty Tomb Painting