Mechanics for Art Conservation Poster

Join the Mechanics for Art Conservation online workshop to discuss the new challenges and applications of mechanics in the conservation of cultural heritage on Friday 10th December 2021.

About this event

This workshop is organised by Science and Engineering Research for Cultural Heritage Network at Imperial College London in collaboration with the University of Glasgow, as part of the dissemination plan for the EPSRC grant “The mechanisms of fatigue of multilayer paint systems in wood”.

The event will serve as a forum to bring together researchers and practitioners from academia and museum professionals to discuss challenges and applications related to cultural heritage.

Workshop Programme

13.00 -13.10 Introduction to Network for Science and Engineering Research for Cultural Heritage Dr. Ambrose Taylor (Imperial College London)

13.10 – 13.35 Understanding environmental factors in paint fatigue – Professor. Christina Young (University of Glasgow)

13.35-14.00 Environment, panel paintings and damage risk – Dr. Nigel Blades and Rebecca Hellen (National Trust)

14.00 – 14.25 A numerical model for predicting crack initiation in wood panel paintings under low-cycle weather-induced fatigue – Professor. Maria Charalambides (Imperial College London)

14.25 -14.50 Crack patterns in panel paintings: modelling and experimental verification – Professor. Lucasz Bratasz (Jerzy Haber Institute of Catalysis and Surface Chemistry, Polish Academy of Sciences)

14.50-15.05 Break

15:05 – 15:30  Acoustic Emission Analysis of Humidity-Induced Damage to Model Wood Structures – Dr. Eric Hagan (Canadian Conservation Institute)

15:30 – 15:55 Cracking induced in historical art objects by indoor climate variations – Professor. Akker Suiker (Eindhoven University of Technology)

15:55 – 16:20 Strain assessment in historic tapestries – Dr. Constantina Vlachou (Historic Royal Palaces)

16:20 –16:40 Any remaining Q&A, Discussion, Closing remarks


The workshop will be online held in MS Teams. If you would like to register, please email Leah Adamson with your contact details.

Image credit Nanke Schellman