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

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

St Paul’s Catacombs for Heritage Malta

The Hal Saflieni Hypogeum in Malta reopened to the public this month, after a period of closure to assess and improve its environmental management systems: http://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/maltas-hypogeum-one-worlds-best-preserved-prehistoric-sites-reopens-public-180963397/. I was interested to see this having been involved in an environmental impact study at the St Paul's Catacombs in Malta last autumn, with UCL's Institute for Sustainable Heritage.  [...]

St Paul’s Catacombs for Heritage Malta2020-03-01T11:13:05+00:00

ICOM-CIPEG Tutankhamun Shrine Project

Looking back on the year one of the most interesting and professionally challenging projects to be involved in 2016, was the ICOM CIPEG Tutankhamun Shrine Project. I was invited to join the expert group coming to Cairo from the 25th of September to the 2nd of October 2016 to start an investigation process into the condition [...]

ICOM-CIPEG Tutankhamun Shrine Project2020-03-01T11:15:12+00:00

Doom, Medieval paintings and Shakespeare at the Guild Chapel Stratford

This autumn I have been involved in the wall paintings conservation project in the historic Stratford on Avon Guild Chapel for the Perry Lithgow Partnership.  This follows on from the project at the adjoining Guildhall earlier this year https://www.biancamadden.com/wall-painting-conservation-for-shakespeares-anniversary/ and is linked to the 400 year anniversary of Shakespeare's death. The chapel - a rare [...]

Doom, Medieval paintings and Shakespeare at the Guild Chapel Stratford2020-03-01T11:17:36+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

Conflict, Cultural Heritage, Conservation and working in Zagreb in late 1990s

Last year at the British Museum's Defining Beauty: The Body in Ancient Greece exhibition, one of the most outstanding pieces was the Apoxyomenos, see: The Croatian Apoxyomenos.  It was a relatively recent find, discovered by a tourist diving off the sea in Croatia, which was lifted from the seabed and then conserved by the Croatian [...]

Conflict, Cultural Heritage, Conservation and working in Zagreb in late 1990s2020-03-01T11:20:03+00:00

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 attraction to coincide with the anniversary.  More about the building and project is available here: [...]

Wall Painting Conservation for Shakespeare’s Anniversary2020-03-01T11:22:55+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

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 stabilisation project for these decorative pieces; consolidating the stone and putting in repairs where [...]

Buttery Stairs Spandrels, Great Hall, Hampton Court2020-03-01T11:26:07+00:00