Now in its sixth year, the student conservation project saw 10 students set up a temporary conservation studio in the Houses of Parliament.
Working under the supervision of specialist conservators the postgraduate students worked on 17 easel paintings and their frames, which were selected for treatment. Conservation work included condition checking and documentation, surface cleaning and minor treatment of frames and paintings, and upgrading presentation.
The works included a range of paintings including a portrait of Charles James Fox by Joshua Reynolds, a view of the fire which destroyed the Palace of Westminster in 1834, and a series of artworks by nineteenth century artists Sir George Hayter.
This was the sixth year of this collaborative project, which provides a cost-effective way for Parliament to conserve the works in its care while helping to train the next generation of conservators who are paid bursaries to take part.
Over the six years that the project has been running some 119 paintings and frames have been conserved and 60 students have gained valuable hands-on experience. A number have gone on to be employed on further Parliamentary Art Collection projects, and one is now a tutor on the student project.
The UK Parliament Curator’s Office is very grateful for the hard work of this year’s participants:
Courtauld Institute of Art
Tutors: Maureen Cross, Alison Seed
Students: Mirra Berridge, Si Yue Chen, Becky Chipkin, Lucy Fellows, Chrissy Wilda
City & Guilds of London Art School
Tutors: Gerry Alabone, Mark Searle
Students: Charlotte Okparaeke, Isabella Mansel, Panagiotis Mintiloglitis, Anna Ng, Katie Smith
• City & Guilds of London Art School MA in Conservation [external website]
• Courtauld Institute of Art Postgraduate Diploma in the Conservation of Easel Paintings [external website]
Images: © UK Parliament/Jessica Taylor