Emily Howe

Lecturer, Conservation of Wall Painting

Emily Howe is a conservator specialising in the investigation and analysis of wall painting materials and techniques.  Her approach is inter-disciplinary, encompassing non-invasive recording and examination, art historical research and sample-based analysis, with a view to informing appropriate conservation strategies.

Emily read History with French as an undergraduate at the University of Bristol, and first came to The Courtauld to study for a Master’s degree in medieval art and architecture (1998). She subsequently worked as an Assistant Curator at the V&A Museum, before returning to The Courtauld to undertake a 3-year MA in the Conservation of Wall Painting (2004).

Research undertaken by Emily in the course of her career in private practice has focussed on English medieval wall paintings and sculptural polychromy, and she has worked on some of the country’s most iconic painting schemes, including those at Westminster Abbey, Eton College and Hampton Court Palace.

Having taught microscopy as a visiting lecturer since 2006, Emily was appointed Lecturer in the Conservation of Wall Painting Department in 2018. In this post she is responsible for the supervision of Masters students’ individual research projects, as well as for managing the department’s publications programme.

Teaching 2018-19

MA in the Conservation of Wall Painting

Research interests

  • Non-invasive recording and examination of wall paintings
  • The materials and techniques of English medieval wall painting, painted sculpture and architectural polychromy
  • Sample-based analysis of wall painting materials (in particular, polarised light microscopy and SEM-EDX analysis)
  • The ritual and devotional function of wall paintings in their physical context