Improving the evaluation of conservation treatments for deteriorating sandstone in built heritage

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Richard has a studentship from the SEAHA (Science and Engineering in Arts, Heritage and Archaeology) Centre for Doctoral Training funded by EPSRC to undertake heritage science research. Richard read Archaeology and Landscape Studies at the University of Worcester, the Conservation of the Historic Environment at the University of Birmingham and has a MRes in Heritage Science from UCL.

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Richard’s project focuses on the in situ monitoring of heritage Sandstone. Sandstone monuments form a large proportion of the world’s built heritage and can be some of the most vulnerable to environmental and human erosion. Whilst efforts have been made over the recent years to develop stabilising treatments for this stonework, little is understood about the effectiveness of these applications and their potential impact on the stone. This project combines laboratory and field-based experiments with the overall aim of developing a range of monitoring systems for use in sandstone conservation.

Richard’s project is undertaken in partnership with the Getty Conservation Institute and TQC Instruments, through the SEAHA Centre for Doctoral Training.

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