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The Eagle: A Second World War Graffiti Ceiling

My colleague Claudia Fiocchetti and I have just finished this joint project, working on an unusual historic graffiti ceiling at the Eagle Pub in Cambridge. The graffiti dates from the Second World War and includes names, squadron numbers and pictures…

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Bamyian Buddhas

Having been writing about light projections and the ‘restoration’ of objects through laser projection: Virtual Restoration, I see the technology has just been used in a one off projection of the destroyed Buddhas of Bamyian.  While clearly a virtual reproduction is…

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Virtual Restoration

I came across these articles when I was interested in finding out more about the ‘restoration’ of Rothko wall paintings, now on display at Harvard Museum Gallery, which was carried out entirely by using light.  This restoration was totally non-invasive;…

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In Search of a Doom

This was a project in spring 2015 for the Perry Lithgow Partnership, conserving an extremely fragmentary late 15th or early 16th century doom painting in South Newington church, Oxfordshire. The painting depicts the Last Judgement, typically found, as in this…

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Vanishing Visions of Utopia

While not about practical conservation, I came across this article about the photographic documentation of, the entirely understandably, disappearing mosaics and murals in Ukraine from the Soviet era. The works are very much of the time and mood, while some…

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A New Initiative

Multispectral Imaging for Art: The above article details an initiative from Cultural Heritage Science Open Source which seems incredibly innovative.  The proposal is to create a multispectral imaging system for painting analysis which is non-invasive, and will be low cost…

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Rediscovered PreRaphelite Wall Paintings

The Red House wall paintings project in 2013 received a lot of press coverage.  Here is a selection of the articles: The Independent The Guardian The National Trust

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Conservation of a New Tomb

At the beginning of 2015 in conjunction with the Archaeological Mission to the Theban Necropolis of the Université libre de Bruxelles, the University of Liège, and La Cambre, Brussels, we started conservation work on the surviving paintings in the newly…

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Reinstating a 1940s Wall Painting

This was a project in the summer 2014 with Tobit Curteis Associates on the conservation on the upper part of a painting from the 1940s. It was part of a larger project to preserve and reinstate the medieval church of…

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The Grandison Monument, Much Marcle

This was a long term project with conservator Michael Eastham on the beautiful 14th century Grandison Monument, for Blanche Mortimer, in Much Marcle, Gloucestershire. The effigy of Blanche Mortimer  is described by Simon Jenkins in his book ‘England’s Thousand Best…

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