Date completed : 31 August 2016 Duration : 5 Months
Karen Dundas

The project was supervised by Head Conservators Fiona Allardyce (now retired) and Karen Dundas, who headed a core team of six conservators, conservation interns and a rota of University of Edinburgh architectural conservation student volunteers.

Conservation work was successfully coordinated on a large-scale construction site, and was completed on time and on budget. Student volunteer involvement (including health and safety training and equipment) was arranged and organised by Scottish Wall Paintings Conservators with the permission and assistance of the Main Contractor.

Following an initial trial period and samples analysis, the treatment process involved:

  • Surface cleaning and removal of discoloured varnish;
  • Actively flaking/detached paint consolidation;
  • Loose and detached plaster consolidation;
  • Filling of plaster cracks and larger plaster losses;
  • Reintegration of paint losses;
  • Re-varnishing where required;
  • Re-gilding losses where required.

All stages of treatment were carefully and methodically recorded. Materials used in treating the paintings were conservation grade and completely reversible

McEwan Hall (The University of Edinburgh)
McEwan Hall (The University of Edinburgh)
McEwan Hall (The University of Edinburgh)
McEwan Hall (The University of Edinburgh)
McEwan Hall (The University of Edinburgh)
McEwan Hall (The University of Edinburgh)
McEwan Hall (The University of Edinburgh)
McEwan Hall (The University of Edinburgh)

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