Heritage Science

University of Glasgow College of Arts, Hunterian and Archives and Special Collections Staff Engaged in Heritage/Conservation Science

Christina Young is Professor of Conservation and Technical Art History in the College of Arts. Her expertise is in experimental optics and mechanics applied to conservation research, structural conservation, technical art history and in the history of painted cloth. She is currently working on PI for EPSRC funded: IMPASTOW on the fatigue and fracture of panel paintings, in collaboration with Imperial College and the National Trust (Wood et al., 2019); PISTACHIO on Non-Invasive Photonic Imaging Strategies for Technical Art History and Conservation, in collaboration with Heriot-Watt University and The Hunterian; Conserving Canvas in collaboration with The Hunterian, a Getty Foundation funded training and treatment project and, AXA Foundation funded project on Gecko Inspired Dry Adhesives for Display, Transportation and Storage of Cultural Heritage. (Olender et al., 2017). 
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Dr John Faithfull is Hunterian Curator of Mineralogy and Petrology. He has expertise in microscopy, X-Ray analysis, inorganic chemistry, radiation and other collections safety, history of geology and mineral collecting has an extensive geological and geochemical research record (Faithfull et al., 2018), but is also active in cross-disciplinary research (Faithfull, 2015; Ballin and Faithfull 2009, 2014). Current projects include archaeological lithics work on silcrete, and on the petrology of Neolithic carved stone balls, with Chris Stewart-Moffit (University of Aberdeen). Dr Faithfull teaches and supervises research projects in museum studies e.g. history of collecting, and technical art history e.g. pigments and analysis. 
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Dr Mark Richter, Lecturer in Technical Art History who is currently leading the scientific examination of five 16th-century Spanish portrait paintings in collaboration with Glasgow Museums, Museo Nacional del Prado in Madrid and National Trust Scotland and used Raman Spectroscopy to identify pigments used in Werner's (1814-1882) Nomenclature of Colours (Campbell, M. and Richter, M., 2017). Dr Richter was also involved in the EU-Project CHARISMA (Cultural Heritage Advanced Research Infrastructures: Synergy for a Multidisciplinary Approach to Conservation/Restoration).

Dr Margaret Smith, Lecturer in Conservation Science. Her expertise is in the application of HPLC, GC, FTIR, Raman and UV spectroscopy and microscopy to characterise painted cultural heritage; most recently of bark cloth (Smith, M. J. and Macken, A., 2020), painted banners (Smith, M.J. et al. 2016) and as part of the PISTACHIO project.

Dr Anita Quye, Senior Lecturer in Heritage Science. Has an expertise in micro-chemical analysis using UHPLC and FTIR for the characterisation of textiles and decorative art (Wertz, J. H. et al., 2018) . She leads the research of the Crutchley Archive of eighteenth-century dye books in Southwark Archives (Textile Conservation Foundation and Worshipful Company of Dyers grants), resulting in its inscription to the UNESCO UK Memory of the World register in 2020. (Quye, A. et al., 2020).

Dr Louisa Campbell, LKAS Research Fellow in Archaeology. In her research she is using p-XRF and Raman Spectrometry to analyse elemental composition of a range of material culture classes. Investigating evidence of pigments on prehistoric, Roman and Medieval sculpture (Campbell, L., 2020).

Dr Gareth Beale, Lecturer in Digital Archaeology. His research in this area takes place at the intersection between the digital industries and archaeology. He is co-director of the DiNAR project an interdisciplinary collaboration to develop new forms of immersive experience for the heritage sector. (Smith, N., Beale, G. et al., 2018; Beale, G. et al., 2019)

Maggie Reilly, Hunterian Curator of Zoology, has published recently on the history and preservation of the world’s oldest stuffed tuna (Hancock and Reilly; 2017) and on engravings associated with anatomical science (Spear et al.; 2018). She is currently co-supervising a cross-disciplinary PhD project on the use of William Hunter’s historical anatomy and pathology collections for to investigate the history and evolution of syphilis (Syphilis: An Enlightenment Controversy analysed through Documents and Anatomical Specimens).

Geoff Hancock, Hunterian Research Associate, has an extremely distinguished research record in entomology, and the history and materials of entomology, as well as wider history of museums and collecting (Hancock and Ryder, 2020; Hancock et al. 2015).

Jeanne Robinson, Hunterian Curator of Entomology, is a biological microscopy specialist, and also interested in historical aspects of her science (Robinson and Vane-Wright, 2018). She also has strong cross-disciplinary experience in museums.

Dr Neil Clark, Hunterian Curator of Palaeontology, is specialist in micro-photography (Clark and Daly, 2010), and has published many cross-disciplinary papers (Clark, 2015) in addition to his paleontological work.

Anne Dulau Beveridge, Hunterian Curator of (Old Masters (General), English, French and Scottish Art including Prints. She is curator and co-editor of major AHRC-funded project on Enlightenment-period travel in Scotland (Leask et al., 2020; in press).

Dr Lola Sanchez-Juaregui, Hunterian Curator of the Art Collections. She is a specialist in Spanish art, and 18th century art. She has recently completed a major research and exhibition project “William Hunter and the Anatomy of the Modern Museum”, in collaboration with The Yale Centre for British Art (Campbell et al, 2018).

Joseph Sharples, Hunterian Curator of the Mackintosh Collections and Applied Arts. He is responsible for the Hunterian’s globally significant holdings of Charles Rennie Mackintosh (Robertson et al., 2014), as well as broader architectural research.

Dr Andy Mills, Hunterian Curator of the Historical, Anthropological and Archaeological Collection. He is a specialist in Pacific cultures, and has been a key part of the recent research consortium looking at the cultural, historical and technical apsects of bark cloth, Mills A.,2018; Smith et al.,2019).

Nicky Reeves, Hunterian Curator of the History of Science, has special interest in museum storage (Reeves, N., 2018), and is currently supervising a Phd student working on the life and work of Lord Kelvin from the perspective of the history of the earth sciences.

Louisa Coles, Head of Conservation, Archives and Special Collections. The team of three are engaged with supporting and implementing research; as well as environmental monitoring, handling guidance and training, integrated pest management, identification and implementation of safer storage or display solutions, quarantine processing of new collection item and Disaster prevention and response.

Full details of published research outputs from all staff can be found on the University of Glasgow research repository Enlighten: Publications. Specific Hunterian outputs can also be be found on Enlighten: Publications

Updated 01/10/20