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Sibylla Tringham

Acting Head, Conservation of Wall Painting

Sibylla joined the faculty of the Conservation of Wall Painting Department in January 2015, having supervised major Departmental field programmes during the previous decade and held a part-time appointment as visiting lecturer. As well as lecturing on the Courtauld MA, Sibylla supervises dissertations and fieldwork (currently in Bhutan, Georgia and India) and has served on the Department’s International Advisory Board since 2011.

Following an MA in History of Art at Edinburgh University (2000), she received her Courtauld MA in Conservation of Wall Painting (2004), and took up a Graduate Internship in Field Projects at the Getty Conservation Institute (2004-05). She then co-supervised long-term conservation programmes at Nagaur (India) and Valletta (Malta). Further supervision and lecturing for the Department included Dunhuang (China), Lampadistis (Cyprus), and the Leon Levy Conservation Centre at Nagaur.

Sibylla is in the final stages of completing her PhD in Conservation on Assessing methods for visualising consolidants in painted lime plaster. This research investigates field and laboratory methods for determining the distribution of organic and inorganic consolidants in painted lime plaster.

Teaching 2016-17

MA in Conservation of Wall Painting

Research interests

  • Consolidation of decohesive paint layer and plasters
  • Environmental causes of deterioration and passive approaches to their mitigation
  • Imaging techniques for conservation
  • Remedial approaches to  wall painting conservation

Recent publications

  • S. Tringham, C. Martin de Fonjaudran, C. de Giorgio and S. Cather ‘Passive and remedial approaches to salt damage and biodeterioration of wall paintings and monuments in the Crypt of the Grand Masters, St John’s Co-Cathedral, Valletta’, in T. Danzl, M. Exner, E. Rüber-Schütte (eds.) Wandmalereien in Krypten, Grotten, Katakomben. Zur Konservierung gefasster Oberflächen in umweltgeschädigten Räumen.  (Wall paintings in crypts, grottoes and catacombs. Strategies for the conservation of coated surfaces in damp environments)  Symposium, Quedlinburg, Germany, 3-6 November 2011, German National Committee of ICOMOS, Halle. 2013, 85-96
  • Martin de Fonjaudran, S. Tringham, S. Bogin, S. Menon and K. Jasol, ‘Cultural identity, conservation approaches, and dissemination: conserving the wall paintings of Nagaur Fort, Rajasthan, India’, ICOM-CC 16thTriennial Conference 2011 Proceedings. Almada, Critério, Lisbon, 2011 (e-publication, no pagination)
  • Tringham ‘Book Review’, Studies in Conservation (54) 2009, 62-4
  • Tringham and J. Stewart, ‘Protective structures over archaeological sites: a review of assessment initiatives’, in A. Ben Abed, M. Demas and T. Roby (eds.) Lessons Learned: Reflecting on the Theory and Practice of Mosaic Conservation: Proceedings of the 9th ICCM Conference, Hammamet, Tunisia, November 29-December 3, 2005 J. Paul Getty Trust, Los Angeles, 2008, 204-14.
  • S. Bogin, C. Martin de Fonjaudran and S. Tringham, ‘Conserving the Palace of Mirrors at Nagaur, Rajasthan’ in Courtauld News (No. 23) Spring 2008, 14-15.

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