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Award Win For Lost Wall Paintings

The conservation project for Tobit Curties Associates, undertaken in late 2014, at St Martin’s Church Bilborough, on the damaged and partially lost 1940s Evelyn Gibbs wall paintings, has won the 2015 SPAB John Betjeman Award.  A little article from the…

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Conservation of Theban Temples and Tombs Symposium

Last week was the inaugural conference on the Conservation of Theban Temples and Tombs, Luxor, organised by Susanne Brinkmann and Christina Verbeek, and sponsored by the Gerda Henkel Foundation. The conference was a one day event, and included presentations about…

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1960s Wall Paintings at the Marsam/Sheik Ali Hotel, Luxor, Egypt

While working on various conservation projects in the Theban Necropolis in Luxor, including some covered in this blog: Conservation of a New Tomb; The Colossi of Memnon, Thebes, Luxor, Egypt, the teams have stayed at the legendary Marsam/Sheik Ali Hotel….

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3D Replica and the Search for the Tomb of Nefertiti

The search for a hidden tomb behind a wall of Tutankhamun’s burial chamber: Tutankhamun’s Tomb: Evidence Grows for Hidden Chamber, last week resulted in the announcement by Egypt’s antiquities minister Mamdouh Eldamaty that there is an ‘approximately 90 percent’ chance…

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Ellys Manor House Wall Paintings

This was a conservation project in summer 2015, focusing on the stabilisation and uncovering of c16th wall paintings in Ellys Manor House in Lincolnshire. The upper floors of the former merchant’s house are extensively decorated with early c16th domestic wall…

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British Museum Initiative for Destroyed Heritage Sites

Having just been writing about the Digital Archaeology  initiative for deliberately threatened heritage, here is a very positive action from the British Museum: British Museum Trains Heritage Curators , directly helping and training locals in the field.  Clearly it is…

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Conservation of a Painted Tomb

A very nice piece about the Tomb of Menna project, where I headed the conservation team was posted on this conservation Facebook page: Conservation Works.  It includes various photos from the project from the American Research Centre in Egypt archive. …

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Digital Archaeology

While not exactly about practical conservation work, a news item last month seemed to give a bit of hope for the wider picture of, if not preserving, at least making a record of cultural heritage in danger.  The collaboration was…

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St George and the Dragon

Over the last month I have worked with my colleague, conservator of polychrome sculpture, Seppe Roels, on his project on a couple of pieces of beautiful 16th century polychrome wooden sculpture, in Belgium. The pieces were from M Museum, in…

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Hidden Layers Beneath a Painting’s Surface

I came across this fascinating article about an interactive interface created by Met Media Lab intern Betty Quinn, which allows museum visitor to explore the hidden layers of paintings.  The technology used to produce this interface were non-invasive imaging techniques…

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