BSc (Bristol), PGDip (Cambridge)

Contact details

Department of Conservation and Technology

The Courtauld Institute of Art

Somerset House

London WC2R 0RN

Tel: +44 (0) 20 7848 2658

Pippa Balch read biochemistry at Bristol University (BSc 1990) before studying the conservation and restoration of easel paintings at the Hamilton Kerr Institute, Cambridge (PGDip 1996). She undertook an internship in Amsterdam from 1995 -1997, working on paintings in museums and private collections there. From 1997 until 2007 she worked in private practice in London as a conservator-restorer of paintings from the 15th to 20th centuries. In December 2002 she was appointed Lecturer (part-time) at The Courtauld Institute of Art.


Research interests

  • Practical Conservation and Restoration of Easel Paintings
  • Approaches and attitudes towards the cleaning and restoration of paintings
  • Materials and Techniques of paintings

Courses taught in 2010-2011

PGDip in Conservation of Easel Paintings:

  • Practical conservation and restoration of easel paintings
  • Cleaning – approaches and controversy in the cleaning of paintings
  • Retouching – approaches and materials for the reintegration of losses in paintings
  • Replica making – reconstructions of paintings using historical methods and materials
  • Picture varnishes – history and materials