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restoration and conservation


Dr Dipti Bhagat

Art & Design History and Conservation Research Group Co-convenor

Research interests
Design History: cultural and historical geographies of imperial display and spectacle, early-mid 20th century; modernism as implicated in urban planning and design in southern Africa; material and visual cultures of African diaspora communities in London.

Pedagogy of design and design history: action research to enhance and embed academic writing in design teaching and learning through Writing-in-the-Disciplines approaches; widening participation research in Art and Design; developing inclusive teaching and learning practices.

Current research and projects
Eastender Archive Project
Academic convener: ‘On the Fringe’. ‘On the Fringe’ is the present collaborative design project that brings together interior designers and textile designers working specifically with the new materials, processes and design methodologies available in the Digital Manufacturing Centre. ‘On the Fringe’ is concerned with the meeting of digital and craft methodologies in design practice.

Email: d.bhagat@londonmet.ac.uk

Georgina Brown

Current research and projects
Museum Accreditation of the Frederick Parker Collection

Dr. Edward Cooper

Reader (Retired November 2007)

Research interests
Mediaeval fortification in the Iberian peninsula, and related topics

Current research and projects
i) The fortification of Spain in the 13th & 14th centuries (book project).
ii) The mining of alum in Spain between the fall of Constantinople and the inauguration of Tolfa (journal article).
iii) Aristocratic factions in Spain (conference paper).
iv) Issues in the restoration of mediaeval castles in Spain (ongoing consultancy).

Email: e.cooper@londonmet.ac.uk

Dr John Cross

Research Group Convenor

Research interests
The trading of timber in the eighteenth and nineteenth century, furniture history, Jamaican and American colonial furniture and the Departments Frederick Parker Collection of chairs, carvings and its archive.

Current research and projects
Cataloguing the Frederick Parker Collection of chairs and carvings
Researching for future publication on Jamaican colonial furniture
Ongoing research on American furniture manufacture and its influence on the Caribbean
Contributing to 2007 exhibition at the Institute of Jamaica, Kingston, Jamaica on furniture and furniture makers of Jamaica. .
Editing and publication of collection of essay on the great parlour, Strawberry Hill House, London

Email: j.cross@londonmet.ac.uk

Clifford Deighton

Research interests
Conservation of the Parker chairs. This work is practical based and includes student involvement, i.e. working on live projects, which may include research into materials and treatment.
Carving: Gothic chairs for the Strawberry Hill trust.
Moulding and Casting for the replacement of decorative elements on furniture and objects.
Construction of Sadeli ware objects.
Setting up a summer conservation course for gilding conservators in practice.
Pink Floyd: before year 2000!

Current research and projects
Conservation of the Parker chairs
Producing a conservation and treatment report for the collection.
Consultancies, which include Royal Thames Yacht Club, Tate Frames Conservation Department, Guildhall Art Gallery, and Sutton House Hackney (National Trust).
Setting up an award supported by Classic Hand Tools for Foundation/HND students.
Getting charitable status for the John Anderson Scholarship.

Email: c.deighton@londonmet.ac.uk

Amanda Girling-Budd

Research interests
Nineteenth century furniture; the production and consumption of the domestic interior; historic upholstery

Current research and projects
Holland & Sons’ furniture for Robert Stayner Holford at Dorchester House and Westonbirt

Edward Gregory

Head of Conservation

Research interests and projects
Analytical methods in conservation,
FTIR spectroscopy,
The evolution and material design of early plastic cameras.
The journey and travels of Geraldus Cambrensis

Current research and projects
Ongoing research and field work on Geraldus Cambrensis for future photographic exhibition and publication.
Hosting, organising and editing of the David Harris annual conservation symposium and the production of the post prints

Email: e.gregory@londonmet.ac.uk

Sue Newton-Short

Research interests
Various aspects of wood and conservation science including timber identification.
The departments Frederick Parker Collection of chairs and carvings and its archive.

Current research and projects
The establishing of an online database catalogue of the Frederick Parker Collection of chairs and carvings.
Feasibility studying into the research potential of the Xylarium.

Email: s.newton-short@londonmet.ac.uk

Alexander Schouvaloff

Research interests
Lacquerwork and japanning, traditional and modern approaches to the conservation there of.
18th & early 19th Century English provincial lacquer long-case clocks: how, where and by whom were these japanned.

Current research and projects
"Is it acceptable for Western conservators to use Urushi for the restoration of Oriental lacquer objects." Article published in ICON News, Jan 07.
"The Geffrye Museum’s Blue Japanned Corner Cabinet." Article published in ICON News, Mar ‘07
" Blue japanning, with particular reference to the Geffrye Museum Corner Cabinet." Paper delivered at the David Harris Conference, March ’07.
Conservation work carried out for the refurbishment of the Geffrye Museum galleries.
Conservation work and advice on collections care for Emery Walker House.
Research into replacement options for Russian filigree carved ivory.

Email: a.schouvaloff@londonmet.ac.uk

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