Conservation and Technology
Dr Christina Young
This work continues a tradition in the Department of research into the physical properties of paintings on canvas and panels. The work brings together conservators and scientists from The Courtauld Institute of Art, Tate, Imperial College, and the National Gallery, London. The research aims are to gain a better understanding of the mechanical deterioration of easel paintings, the effects of environmental conditions and to characterise their physical behaviour.
Along side this work, research is carried out to assess and develop methods and materials used for the structural conservation treatments of paintings; this includes lining, tear mending and panel joining.
Among the techniques employed for this research are uniaxial and biaxial tensile testing, interferometry (ESPI), thermo-mechanical testing.