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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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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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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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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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