Lucie has received the EPSRC Impact Acceleration Account Doctoral Impact scheme award to bridge scientific research and conservation practice.
Lucie's DPhil research at the School of Geography and the Environment (University of Oxford) looked at designing and evaluating lime repointing mortar for the conservation of highly exposed historic buildings. This research was undertaken through the EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in Science and Engineering for Arts, Heritage, and Archaeology (SEAHA CDT) in collaboration with Historic England and the Churches Conservation Trust.
Holding a BA in Archaeology, History of Art and Architecture from the Ecole du Louvre, Paris, Lucie then completed a MA in Heritage Management at Newcastle University and a MRes in Science and Engineering for Arts, Heritage, and Archaeology (SEAHA) at the University College London (UCL).
Lucie has also worked as an intern for the International Council of Museum (ICOM) in Paris and the International Centre for the Conservation of Cultural Property (ICCROM) in Rome. Her previous research interests focused on built heritage recovery management after Hurricane Katrina in New Orleans and on the impact of restorations on the significance and values of churches bombed during WWII in England.
Lucie is also the Oxford University Heritage Network support officer.
The project as part of the EPSRC Impact Acceleration Account award proposes to develop a pilot decision-making tool to encourage and support building practitioners onsite and conservation specialists, such as specifiers, working on historic and traditional masonry to use and advice on lime mortar better and more efficiently.
This decision-making tool will aim to:
- Encourage practitioners toward using lime and not cement;
- Give a step by step guide for the decision-making process of using lime: understanding that for different environments and masonry different limes may be suitable;
- Help to choose the best lime and sand to use, in which ratio for specific location, environment, and stone types;
- Improve knowledge sharing between scientific researchers and practitioners.
- Fusade, L., Viles, H., Wood, C. and Burns, C. (2019) The effect of wood ash on the properties and durability of lime mortar for repointing damp historic buildings. Construction and Building Materials, 212: 500-513.
- Fusade, L. and Viles, H. (2018) A comparison of standard and realistic curing conditions of natural hydraulic lime repointing mortar for damp masonry: impact on laboratory. Journal of Cultural Heritage, 37: 82-93.
- Fusade, L., Orr, S., Wood, C., O’Down, M., Viles, H., (forthcoming) Drying response of lime-mortar joints in granite masonry after an intense rainfall and after repointing.
- Orr, S., Fusade, L., Young, M., Stelfox, D, Leslie, A, Curran, J, Heather, V., (forthcoming), Moisture monitoring of stone masonry: a comparison of microwave and radar on a granite wall and a sandstone tower.
- Bruce, S., Fusade, L. (2019) When Should Post-Conflict Damage to Historic Buildings be Preserved? Cultural Heritage and Ethics of War Conference, Cambridge, 18-19 September.
- Fusade, L. (2019) Ancient mortars, Modern Times discussions and Today’s conservation, 5th Historic Mortars Conference, Pamplona, Spain, 19-21 June.
- Fusade, L., Viles, H., Wood, C. (2016) What Makes a Good Pointing Mortars for Damp Towers? A Study of The Influence of Wood Ash as an Additive. Proceedings of the 4th Historic Mortars Conference HMC2016, Santorini, Greece, 10-12 October, p.367-374.