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Nanotechnologies for the Conservation of Contemporary Art – Copenhagen

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 marked the conclusion of the…

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Advanced Imaging Techniques at the Egypt Exploration Society

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 of the workshop was to train…

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Conservation of C16th Painted Panelling at Magdalen College, Oxford.

I have just completed a phase of conservation work at Magdalen College Oxford’s historic Dining Hall. I was asked to undertake the conservation treatment of three historically fascinating areas of C16th carved and painted panelling set within the wooden linenfold…

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The Chantry Library – A Valuable Conservation Resource in Oxford

I have been excited recently to have the opportunity to peruse the Oxford-based Chantry Library https://chantrylibrary.org/how-to/.   This an important reference collection of conservation literature which has been owned and managed by the Oxford Conservation Consortium since 2016, following previous custodianship…

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Finalising the Conservation Campaign at the Tomb of Sennefer – and a Black Coffin

January and February saw the 2018 season of the Archaeological Mission to the Theban Necropolis of the Université libre de Bruxelles, and the University of Liège (MANT).  The mission has the concession for the study and conservation of three neighbouring…

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Culture in Crisis and Digital Reproduction at the V&A

While following the issue of digital documentation, reproduction and in particular its use to record at risk cultural heritage I was very interested to attend a conference and workshop event at the V&A in early December, which discussed the uses…

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Gels in Conservation

A pioneering international conference on the use of gels in conservation was held in London last month.  Its aim was to give a snapshot of current theory, research and practice on the use of gels for treatment processes in the…

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St Paul’s Catacombs for Heritage Malta

The Hal Saflieni Hypogeum in Malta reopened to the public this month, after a period of closure to assess and improve its environmental management systems: http://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/maltas-hypogeum-one-worlds-best-preserved-prehistoric-sites-reopens-public-180963397/. I was interested to see this having been involved in an environmental impact study…

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Reconstruction or Ruin: Conserving Destroyed Heritage

Having been linking articles and writing on the subject of virtual reconstruction https://www.biancamadden.com/bamyian-buddhas,  replicas https://www.biancamadden.com/tutankhamun-tomb-reconstruction/, and 3D digital recording https://www.biancamadden.com/digital-archaeology/ on this blog, this recent article from The Art Newspaper by Robert Bevan, author of The Destruction of Memory, seems…

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ICOM-CIPEG Tutankhamun Shrine Project

Looking back on the year one of the most interesting and professionally challenging projects to be involved in 2016, was the ICOM CIPEG Tutankhamun Shrine Project. I was invited to join the expert group coming to Cairo from the 25th of…

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