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

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

Finalising the Conservation Campaign at the Tomb of Sennefer – and a Black Coffin

January and February saw the 2018 season of the Archaeological Mission to the Theban Necropolis of the Université libre de Bruxelles, and the University of Liège (MANT).  The mission has the concession for the study and conservation of three neighbouring tombs: Amenemope TT29; Sennefer TT96A; and C3  - the work at C3 also included [...]

Finalising the Conservation Campaign at the Tomb of Sennefer – and a Black Coffin2020-03-01T12:38:44+00:00

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 announced between the Institute of  Digital Archaeology in Oxford and Harvard University, with a plan [...]

Digital Archaeology2020-02-22T08:47:46+00:00

Icons, Woodworm, Cleaning and Conservation

At the conservation department of the Benaki Museum in Athens, where I worked several years ago, many icons were treated, both from the museum collection and in private ownership.  I had the privilege of being involved in their conservation; in particular for a 17th century Virgin and Child, from a private collection.  The panel arrived [...]

Icons, Woodworm, Cleaning and Conservation2020-03-01T11:49:22+00:00

More Analysis For Pigments

As well as the non invasive analytical methods already mentioned in this blog (Non Invasive Diagnostics for Paintings) when appropriate, and where traditional sampling can be undertaken, pigment identification through polarized light microscopy  is a particularly helpful as a quick and precise way to analyse the pigments present in a painting or polychrome object.  It [...]

More Analysis For Pigments2020-02-22T08:55:12+00:00

Non Invasive Diagnostics For Paintings

This summer I attended an excellent two week lab workshop run by Simone Caglio, a specialist in analysis and non invasive diagnostics for art work.  The course was held at the laboratories of Open Care in Milan - and covered imaging techniques from infrared reflectography,  UV, and false colour analysis as well as the theory [...]

Non Invasive Diagnostics For Paintings2020-02-22T08:56:43+00:00