“The Sceptical Chymist and paper conservation”
Speaker : Dr. Vincent Daniels
"The conservation scientist may learn a great deal from discussions with conservators however it is a useful practice to question everything that one is told. The talk will focus on some paper conservation practices that have struck me as odd and which I still struggle to accept after 41 years observing conservators at work."
Vincent Daniels obtained his first degree at Cardiff University and stayed to perform research for his PhD on the bleaching of thermally degraded PVC in solution. He joined the British Museum as a scientist in 1974 to work with A.D. Baynes-Cope on the conservation science of paper and other library materials. During the following 29 years at the BM he worked on a wide range of materials including bog bodies, tapa, New Zealand flax, Ancient Egyptian pigments and plasma treatments for corroded metal for which he was a part-time Research Fellow at Sussex University. In 2003 he became a Research Fellow at The Royal College of Art and continued his research into dyes and colorants. In 2008 he became an Emeritus Researcher at the British Museum. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry and of the International Institute of Conservation. He has been awarded the Plowden medal for conservation and is a visiting professor at the University of the Arts.