Conservation Student Symposium 2024


Alongside specialist conservation practice, students in the final year of BA (Hons) Conservation and students studying MA Conservation undertake a conservation research project based on an area of conservation practice they have identified during their practical work.

Students prepare a thesis illustrating their research methodology, experimental data and conclusions. Their research findings are presented at the Conservation Symposium, a public-facing annual event to which professionals and interested parties from the world of Conservation are invited.


Conservation Symposium 2024

Tuesday 16 April 10:00 – 17:00

Imperial College London, Read Lecture Theatre, Level 4 of the Sherfield Building, Exhibition Road Campus, London SW7 2AZ



10:15 – 10:35 | Laura Goodman

An investigation into the Migration of Optical Brightening Agents (OBA) in Paper Substrates

10:35 – 10:55 | Savannah Grieve

An investigation into the Properties of Blended Paraloid™ Resins with Bulking Agents

10:55 – 11:15 | Molly Hobbs

An investigation into the relative adhesive strengths of different starches for paper repairs

Break: 11:15 – 11:40

11:40 – 12:00 | Julieta Herrera

The use of CaLoSil® for the consolidation of plaster casts

12:00 – 12:20 | Masha Ivanelo

Phenolic Yellowing: How it affects ink-jet paper

12:20 – 12:40 | Lola Jackson

A preliminary evaluation of the effectiveness of waxes and acrylic polymers as a barrier layer to reduce the rate of corrosion on bronze samples in a high humidity environment

Lunch: 12:40 – 13:30

13:30 – 13:50 | Yeasuel Jung

A study of the potential use of Abelmoschus Manihot root and Photinia Villosa leaf extracts as natural adhesives in conservation

13:50 – 14:10 | Fiorella Lavado Chiarella

Exploring the viability of Opuntia Ficus Indica (OFI) Mucilage as a consolidant for Reigate Stone

14:10 – 14:30 | Mags Monaghan

Exploring efficacy of accessible deacidification techniques on acidic paper

Break: 14:30 – 14:50

14:50 – 15:10 | Emily Stuart

An investigation into the mechanical properties of common bookbinding and conservation adhesives

15:10 – 15:30 | Ellie Seaward

Understanding the degradation of pigmented and unpigmented beeswax

15:30 – 15:50 | Ally Wingate-Saul

A preliminary investigation into the use of d-limonene as an alternative green solvent to xylene in the context of object conservation

15:50 – 16:10 | Lyz Yingzhen Liu



Our Conservation Symposium 2024 has been organised in association with Imperial College London’s Centre for Languages, Culture and Communication and Science and Engineering Research for Cultural Heritage Network.



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