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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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Doom, Medieval paintings and Shakespeare at the Guild Chapel Stratford

This autumn I have been involved in the wall paintings conservation project in the historic Stratford on Avon Guild Chapel for the Perry Lithgow Partnership.  This follows on from the project at the adjoining Guildhall earlier this year https://www.biancamadden.com/wall-painting-conservation-for-shakespeares-anniversary/ and…

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Egyptian Wall Plasters, Paintings, and the Publications of the Luxor Conservation Conference

The Gerda Henkel Foundation has started to publish the papers from the Conservation of Theban Tombs conference, on its L.I.S.A portal.  The conference was held in Luxor in February 2016 –  I spoke there about the ongoing conservation project at…

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Imaging Methods for Examination in the Conservation of Art Works

After the course last year at Open Source in Milan on non-invasive analysis and imaging for art works (see https://www.biancamadden.com/non-invasive-diagnostics-for-paintings/), I have been researching further into the subject in order to be able to make more use of these methods…

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Conflict, Cultural Heritage, Conservation and working in Zagreb in late 1990s

Last year at the British Museum’s Defining Beauty: The Body in Ancient Greece exhibition, one of the most outstanding pieces was the Apoxyomenos, see: The Croatian Apoxyomenos.  It was a relatively recent find, discovered by a tourist diving off the…

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Wall Painting Conservation for Shakespeare’s Anniversary

As part of the 400 year anniversary events to mark Shakespeare’s death, a major conservation and restoration project has been on going in the 15th century Guildhall in Stratford on Avon, with the restored building to open as a public…

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Technical Perspectives on Wall Paintings

Last week, 25-29 April, was the 10th ICAANE conference, held at the Austrian Academy of Sciences in Vienna.  ICAANE (International Congress on the Archaeology of the Ancient Near East) is a conference cycle organised by archaeologists from various European universities…

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Buttery Stairs Spandrels, Great Hall, Hampton Court

These 1532 carved spandrels over the doorway leading to the Great Hall at Hampton Court were severely deteriorating.  Carved from soft Reigate stone, they were powdering, blistering and delaminated and in danger of further loss of material. I undertook a…

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Death on the Nile; Conservators, Egyptologists & Coffins in Cambridge

From 7-9 April the Ancient Egyptian Coffins Past, Present and Future conference was held in Cambridge, to coincide with major Death on the Nile exhibition at the Fitzwilliam Museum – a part of the museum’s bicentenary celebration. The exhibition itself…

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Conservation of a Medieval Angel Gabriel

Having just been writing about the conservation of a 1940s Annunciation, Award Win For Lost Wall Paintings ,  I was reminded of a conservation project, for Tobit Curteis Associates, a couple of years ago on a 14th century figure of…

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