Conservation Subject Bibliographies at the Chantry Library, Oxford

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 key information sources about a given subject, chosen by a specialist. The bibliographies include a brief description and evaluation, to [...]

Conservation Subject Bibliographies at the Chantry Library, Oxford2020-03-27T18:57:52+00:00

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 Nanorestart European research project - mentioned previously in this blog here: Gels in Conservation. The [...]

Nanotechnologies for the Conservation of Contemporary Art – Copenhagen2020-02-22T08:42:37+00:00

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 those working in the field in Egypt in a new generation of imaging techniques [...]

Advanced Imaging Techniques at the Egypt Exploration Society2020-03-01T12:39:46+00:00

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 panelling which lines the Hall’s walls. These areas of polychrome carvings depict a range [...]

Conservation of C16th Painted Panelling at Magdalen College, Oxford.2020-03-01T12:28:44+00:00

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 by ICON (the UK Institute of Conservation).  The library is located next to the OCC [...]

The Chantry Library – A Valuable Conservation Resource in Oxford2020-02-28T11:07:23+00:00

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 conservation of art objects and decorative surfaces. The range of gels featured included those drawn [...]

Gels in Conservation2020-02-21T11:38:06+00:00

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 the tomb chapel of Sennefer TT96A by the Belgian Archaeological Mission in the Theban Necropolis [...]

Egyptian Wall Plasters, Paintings, and the Publications of the Luxor Conservation Conference2020-02-21T11:43:12+00:00

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 in my work.  Currently I am currently working towards a project with colleagues in the [...]

Imaging Methods for Examination in the Conservation of Art Works2020-02-22T08:43:59+00:00

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 and hosted every other year at a different European university. The conference is huge and [...]

Technical Perspectives on Wall Paintings2020-02-21T11:46:20+00:00

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 is particularly interesting not only for the rich and varied collection it showcases, but [...]

Death on the Nile; Conservators, Egyptologists & Coffins in Cambridge2020-03-01T11:28:39+00:00