Heritage Supervisors

Each student has multiple supervisors: academic supervisors, of which one will be primary and the other one subsidiary, industrial and heritage supervisor.

Heritage supervisors oversee elements of SEAHA students’ work that are of relevance to the heritage institution involved in their project. They also supervise the student’s work while the student is based at their institution.

Andreani, Carla

University of Rome Tor Vergata

Carla Andreani has authored more than 220 publications, in the field of condensed matter and oriented towards applications of neutron science within sectors such as automotive, aerospace and cultural heritage, for example she contributed to the design and construction of the PRISMA, TOSCA, eVs and VESUVIO beamlines and pioneered and contributed to the development of the neutron spectroscopy at the Deep Inelastic Neutron Scattering (DINS) technique on eVs and VESUVIO bemalines. In 2006 she proposed the use of the high energy neutron spectrum from the spallation sources to mimic the cosmic ray flux responsible for single event upsets in electronic chips and pioneered the accelerated atmospheric neutron testing at ISIS [C. Andreani et al.Applied Physics Letters, 92, 114101 (2008). This work paved the way to the design of a novel beam-line at ISIS, the Chipir instrument at ISIS Target station 2. She is currently a member of the Chipir experimental team at the ISIS neutron facility. She delivered one hundred seminars and colloquia and served in the organization of over 40 national and international conference/workshop/schools and as a member of over 35 national and international scientific advisory committees.

Bryan, Paul

Historic England

Paul Bryan is the Geospatial Imaging Manager within the Imaging Team of Historic England. Based in York he heads up the Geospatial Imaging team which carries out metric surveys of historic objects, buildings, sites and landscapes using laser scanning, photogrammetry and multi-image based ‘Structure-from-Motion’ survey approaches. Awarded Fellowship of the RICS in 2014 Paul has extensive knowledge of image-based survey approaches and advises the sector on the heritage application of RPAS/UAV/drone platforms and Building Information Modelling (BIM). He has co-authored a number of related documents including the Historic England ‘Metric Survey Specifications for Cultural Heritage’, which sets the standard for metric surveys across the heritage sector; ‘3D Laser Scanning for Heritage’; ‘Multi-Light Imaging for Heritage Applications’ and ‘BIM for Heritage – Developing a Historic Building Information Model’, which is due for publication in June 2017.

Chevalier-Menu, Aurelia

Chevalier-Aurelia SME

Dr Aurelia Chevalier-Menu graduated in 2003 at the Institut national du patrimoine, restoration department in Paris. In 2005, she obtained a Master II degree in Art History from Paris Panthéon Sorbonne and in 2010, she obtained her PhD from Arts et Métiers ParisTech LCPI (supervisor Pr. Robert Duchamp). Since 2003, she works as a private painting conservator for French museums such as the Louvre museum, Beaubourg, or the Decorative Arts museum in Paris. Aurelia Chevalier-Menu is also involved in the development of innovative methods in order to improve restoration treatments. Her goal is linked with the comprehension of physico-chemical properties of restoration materials on paintings substrates, and she published several articles on the subject. From 2010, Aurelia Chevalier-Menu is in charge of the Paintings Cleaning course at Paris I Panthéon-Sorbonne – restoration department (Conservation Restauration des Biens Culturels), where she teaches traditional cleaning and consolidation methods and innovation in the field.

Duffy, Christina

The British Library

Christina is an Imaging Scientist at the British Library, providing analysis, testing, research and interpretation services, specialising in multispectral imaging, digital microscopy, and postprocessing imaging techniques. Projects have included Magna Carta, Lindisfarne Gospels and St Cuthbert Gospel. She also teaches ‘Foundations of Working with Digital Objects’ course to internal staff and manages (and is the primary author of) the Collection Care blog.

Fester, Giulia

Centro Fermi

Giulia received a Ph.D. in Physics from the University of Rome Tor Vergata in 2009. She is an experimental physicist at Centro Fermi in Rome (Italy) and her research focuses on the development and application of advanced neutron techniques for the study of cultural heritage artefacts and materials at the nananoscale. These techniques include Diffraction, Gamma Spectroscopy, Neutron Resonance Analysis and Imaging. Currently she is member of the team participating to the design and development of a novel technique, i.e. Time of Flight Prompt Gamma Activation Analysis (T-PGAA), and related methods at the ISIS Spallation Neutron Source (UK). She serving as referee for several international journals and co-editor of a book “Neutron Methods for Archaeology and Cultural Heritage” (2017).

Howell, David

University of Oxford

David is Head of Conservation Research at the Bodleian Libraries. His current research interests include exploring the overlap between digitisation and spectroscopic imaging of heritage collections. Digitisation of manuscripts allows global access to words and images of unique library items, but techniques such as FTIR, Raman spectroscopy, Reflectance Transformation Imaging and hyperspectral imaging can give added access to the materiality of objects.

Keune, Katrien


Dr. Keune is the paintings research scientist at Rijksmuseum and project leader of the NWO-funded project “Paint Alteration in Time – PAinT” at  University of Amsterdam (HIMS, UvA). She participate in four NWO-funded projects carried out within the new interdisciplinary research center the Netherlands Institute for Conservation, Art and Science (NICAS).  Katrien received her master’s degree (2000) and her PhD (2005) in chemistry, both at the UvA. Her PhD thesis is entitled ‘Binding medium, pigments and metal soaps characterised and localised in paint cross-sections’. She has specialized in the chemistry, ageing and degradation of traditional oil paints with an emphasis on pigment-binder interactions.  Dr. Keune is supervising four PhD students and a post-doc. She also has supervised several master students from the Chemistry and the Conservation & Restoration courses at UvA.

Koestler, Robert J.

Smithsonian Museum Conservation Institute

Robert J. Koestler is the Director of the Smithsonian’s Museum Conservation Institute. He is known for his advances in art conservation research and practice, including quantification and early detection of biodeterioration; assessment of visual changes in material surfaces; and control of insect and fungal infestations in objects. He has worked for more than 40 years in the museum field, first at the American Museum of Natural History and then at the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Lagerqvist, Bosse

University of Gothenburg

Bosse Lagerqvist is appointed Head of the Department of Conservation, University of Gothenburg for the period 2012-18. He received his doctorate in Conservation in 1997 on a dissertation on photogrammetry, recording methodologies and heritage management. His research interests has since then been focused on the industrial and maritime heritage, and the potential of heritage processes to overbridge societal conflicts. His lecturing covers subjects within the field of integrated conservation of built environments.

During 2004 to 2008 he combined his university employment with work in the regional organisation for heritage management in west Sweden, specifically addressing industrial and maritime heritage and how to use such remains as assets for societal development. From 2008 to 2012 he was the coordinator for the University of Gothenburg’s strategic initiative to develop critical heritage studies as an interdisciplinary field of research.

Learner, Tom

The Getty Conservation Institute

Tom Learner is Head of Science at the Getty Conservation Institute (GCI) in Los Angeles, which works internationally to advance conservation practice in the visual arts – broadly interpreted to include objects, collections, architecture, and sites. He manages a team of about 25 scientists, and oversees all the Institute’s scientific research, developing and implementing its suite of projects.  He is both a chemist and a conservator, with a PhD in chemistry from Birkbeck College, University of London, and a diploma in the conservation of easel paintings from the Courtauld Institute of Art.

Leslie, Alick

Historic Environment Scotland

Alick Leslie is a geologist with over 20 years’ experience in the analysis of building materials. He currently manages the Conservation Science Team at Historic Environment Scotland, providing analysis services to HES properties to maximise the efficiency of repair works. He and the team are also involved in collaborative research projects with universities, industry and conservation partners throughout the UK and Europe.

Lithgow, Katy

The National Trust

Katy Lithgow has a BA Hons in Archaeology, Anthropology and History of Art from Cambridge, and the Postgraduate Diploma in Wall Paintings Conservation from the Courtauld Institute of Art, London, where she taught following an internship at the Victoria and Albert Museum, London. She joined the National Trust in 1991 as a preventive conservator, specializing in storage and protecting collections during building works. In 1995 she became the Trust’s Wall Painting Conservation Adviser and in 2002 Conservation Advisers Manger, before being appointed Head Conservator in 2005. She has published and lectured on wall painting conservation, preventive conservation, conservation management, interpretation in conservation, heritage science and sustainability. Katy is an Accredited Conservator-Restorer (ACR), a Fellow of the International Institute of Conservation (FIIC), Chair of the PACR scheme’s Accreditation Committee, and a Trustee of the National Heritage Science Forum.

Oriola, Marta

University of Barcelona

Dr. Oriola is a conservator with international training and work experience. She got her PhD in 2012 from the University of Barcelona with the title Non-destructive condition assessment of painting canvases using NIR spectrometry and the research has been published in several recent papers. Marta now teaches in the field of Painting’s Conservation at the Faculty of Fine Arts (University of Barcelona).

Schofield, Eleanor

Mary Rose Trust

Dr. Eleanor Schofield is the Conservation Manager at the Mary Rose Trust. After completing her PhD in Materials Science at Imperial College London, she moved to Stanford Synchrotron Radiation Laboratory as a Post-Doctoral Research Associate, specialising in X-ray Absorption Spectroscopy techniques. Following this she moved to the University of Kent investigating neutralisation treatments for acidic waterlogged archaeological wood, utilising x-ray techniques at Diamond Light Source. Since joining the Mary Rose Trust, her work has focused on monitoring the drying of the Mary Rose hull and researching novel conservation treatments and characterisation methods for a variety of archaeological materials.

Shashoua, Yvonne

National Museum of Denmark

Yvonne Shashoua is a Senior Research Scientist in Conservation and Natural Sciences at the National Museum of Denmark. After graduating in industrial chemistry, she worked as a paint technologist before joining the British Museum as a conservation scientist. Yvonne relocated to the National Museum of Denmark in 1998 to specialize in the degradation and conservation of plastics and have more than 90 publications in this field including a monograph ‘Conservation of plastics-materials science, degradation and preservation’ by Elsevier. She was coordinator of the ICOM Modern Materials and Contemporary Art working group for two triennials up til 2008. Her major research focus to characterize the degradation pathways of plastics in modern art and objects and to develop novel techniques to inhibit them. I am currently a partner in the Horizon 2020 project NANORESTART and in Sustainable Conservation techniques for polyurethane ester foams, supported by the Danish Ministry for Culture and Palaces and Plastic-free seas funded by the Velux Foundation.

Signorello, Stefania

Wellcome Library

Stefania received both a Diploma and a Degree in Fine Arts before moving to Florence in 1991 to study Book and Paper Conservation. She gained work experience in Rome, Florence, Milan and Prague before moving to London in 1997. She has since worked at a number of institutions in the UK, including the Victoria and Albert Museum, the Theatre Museum, the Bodleian Library and the Oxford University Archives. Stefania has been an accredited member of the Icon Book and Paper (B&P) Group since 2001 and has served as both Deputy Chair and Chair for the group’s managing committee. She has been working as a conservator at the Wellcome Library since 2003.

Smith, Philippa

London Metropolitan Archives

Principal Archivist at LMA, the largest local government archive repository in the UK with 100km of documents from 1067 to the present; LMA is an Accredited Archive Service and the collections have Designated status. Manages two teams at LMA: Collections (responsible for acquisitions and cataloguing); and Conservation. LMA lead on the cutting edge project to conserve, digitise and transcribe The Great Parchment Book. Closely involved with a number of Wellcome Trust funded projects including a well-received project to conserve and make accessible sources for mapping and imaging smallpox. Lectures occasionally at the School of Information Studies at UCL on service evaluation and is a member of the Cipfa Archives Working Party and the Archive Service Accreditation Committee.

Spicer, Dag

Computer History Museum, USA

Dag Spicer is CHM’s “Chief Content Officer”, and is responsible for creating the intellectual frameworks and interpretive schema of the Museum’s various programs and exhibitions. He also leads the Museum’s strategic direction relating to its collection of computer artifacts, films, documents, software and ephemera—the largest collection of computers and related materials in the world. He is on the Editorial Board of the IEEE Annals for the History of Computing and is a member of the American Historical Association (AHA), the Society for the History of Technology (SHOT), and the American Association for the History of Medicine.

Topalis, Frangiskos

National Technical University of Athens

Professor at the School of Electrical and Computer Engineering of National Technical University of Athens (NTUA). He teaches the courses of lighting, rational use of energy in electrical installations, quality assurance and high voltage systems. He is director of the Lighting Laboratory. His area of specialization is photometry and lighting systems. He is author of text books on lighting. He has coordinated several projects in the field of photometry, lighting, rational use of energy in lighting installations and of the development of lighting control systems and luminance measuring systems with imaging sensors.

Townsend, Joyce


Dr Joyce Townsend is a senior conservation scientist, based at Tate Britain, London. She works on the identification and deterioration of materials and on the interpretation of artists’ techniques, for British art mainly ranging in date from the nineteenth to the mid-twentieth century.  Her skills include optical and electron microscopy, colour measurement microfadometry, and supervision and management of many research projects. She works regularly with external researchers and Tate conservators who are evaluating or developing conservation processes or preventive conservation strategies. Recent heritage science projects with UCL have focussed on twentieth-century plastics-based works in the collection, and their characterisation and preservation, and she is external supervisor for a UCL SEAHA project being undertaken by Mark Kearney. She has published extensively in the conservation and heritage science literature, edited many Archetype conference proceedings, and is the author and/or editor of several Tate books on the techniques of several nineteenth-century artists.  She is an accredited conservator-restorer (ACR) and a fellow of IIC (FIIC), and Director of Publications for IIC since 2009.

Vlachou, Constantina

Historic Royal Palaces

Dr Constantina Vlachou ARC, Senior Conservation Scientist at Historic Royal Palaces, is responsible for the planning and execution of research projects informing the preservation of the diverse objects and interiors of the Palaces (with special focus on historic textiles). She has worked in various research areas such as preventive conservation, conservation science, environmental science, data management, material science and ancient technology. She is a Trustee of the National Heritage Science Forum and since 2010 has been UK expert in the CEN/TC 346 Conservation of Cultural Property project and member of the BSI Committee B/560 Conservation of Tangible Cultural Heritage.

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