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I am a practicing paper conservator and technical art historian. 

After studying Art History at the University of Leicester and Conservation of Fine Art at Northumbria. I completed my PhD at the Royal College of Art, London and carried out post-doctoral research at the the Bodleian Library at Oxford on the pigments used by the eighteenth century natural history painter, Ferdinand Bauer. Before joining Northumbria, I spent nineteen years as an art conservator working at the V&A, the Tate, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York and the Harvard Art Museums.


Research interests

My  research is primarily concerned with material, technique, and studio process used by artists from the late eighteenth to the late twentieth century, particularly focusing on material, meaning and visual perception in twentieth century artists' drawings.

My forthcoming book, 'David Smith: The Artist's Materials' will be published by Getty Publications in 2024.

I am also engaged in research on the conservation and safeguarding of cultural heritage collections at risk in world conflict zones, focusing particularly on post-conflict Afghanistan. I  have spent time working in the field in Kabul during a series of research and capacity-building projects funded by the British Council's Cultural Protection Fund. My research looks at the impact of capacity-building and educational programmes in cultural heritage conservation in the region post-2001, and is focused on how alternative pedagogies for teaching and learning in cultural heritage conservation in Afghanistan might be used to develop skills and knowledge in the region, paticularly after the withdrawl of international forces in 2021.

Further Information

I am part of the team that manages and preserves the Montagu Collection of World Musical Instruments at Northumbria. I am a Fellow of the International Institute for Conservation of Historic and Artistic Works and am Coordinator for the Photographic Materials Group of the International Council of Museums Conservation Committee (ICOM-CC)

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 11 - Sustainable Cities and Communities

Education/Academic qualification

PhD, 'From dreams and visions and things not known': Technique and Process in David Smith's Drawings, Royal College of Art

1 Jan 20051 Jan 2010

Award Date: 1 Jun 2010

Conservation, MA, Northumbria University

9 Jan 19989 Jan 2000

Award Date: 1 Sept 2000

History of Art, BA (Hons), University of Leicester

1 Oct 19931 Jun 1996

Award Date: 1 Jun 1996


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