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Dr Joshua Hill

MA in the Conservation of Wall Paintings
Courtauld Institute of Art

The generous support of The Anna Plowden Trust is enabling me to complete this three-year programne. In my third and final year I am undertaking dissertation research on metal soaps in wall painting as well as fieldwork at Nagaur Fort in Rajasthan and at Longthorpe Tower in Peterborough. The fieldwork brings together skills and knowledge in preventive, passive, and remedial conservation measures taught in the first two years. This is underpinned by a close understanding of original technology and materials, conservation history, and condition that is supported by analytical investigations.

Coming to conservation with a background in chemistry, the course has been personally transformative. In my career as a conservator I plan to undertake teaching and research alongside conservation projects.
In doing so I hope to help ensure the improved care of
wall paintings through providing appropriate education in their conservation, in the same spirit that the course was founded.