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Bacterial colonisation of built cultural heritage (Skipper and Dixon)

Project characterising bacterial species within biofilms present on limestone buildings.  In collaboration with the Diocese of Lincoln and Lincoln Cathedral.

Fluorescence signalling in historic herbaria (Colston and Pass)

Developing a simple screening method for detecting mercury-based pesticides in historic herbaria. In collaboration with Dr Victoria Purewal, National Museum Wales.

Identification of Coade stone: differentiating 19th century manufacturers of artificial stone (Colston and Karran)
New methodologies for monitoring moisture in historic masonry structures (Colston, Goodman and Fielding)

Much of the deterioration affecting historic buildings is a direct result of moisture penetration in porous building materials. The relationship between masonry moisture content and the extent of the decay is complex, and monitoring moisture movement, particularly within mass masonry structures is problematic. If, however, effective conservation strategies are to be developed and adopted, it is imperative that a full understanding of the causes and mechanisms behind moisture-driven deterioration is achieved, and the development of an effective method for monitoring masonry moisture movement key. In collaboration with Trinity House.

Optimising the environment for large-scale storage (Colston, Goodman and Pass)

This project aims to evaluate the effectiveness of fire-retardant atmospheres (low oxygen), used in large-scale storage facilities, in reducing the rate of paper deterioration. The research aims to determine differences in the kinetics of paper degradation under a range of reduced oxygen environments. In collaboration with the British Library.

People of the British Isles (Dixon)

Dr Ron Dixon is involved in a national project to build a genetic map of the British Isles to better understand the causes of hereditary diseases.  A team from the University of Oxford’s ‘People of the British Isles’ project have come to the University of Lincoln as they embark on the second stage of their study to work with volunteers who are providing genetic information which could prove vital in future medical research.

Reactivity of natural pozzolans in conservation mortars (Colston and Ampatzioglou)
Recreation of historic pigments (Skipper)

Project using historic recipes to reproduce and  study artists pigments, in particular lead white and verdigris. In collaboration with Natalia Sancho Cubino from Complutense University, Madrid

Strategies for desalination of large ensembles of archaeological ceramics (Colston and Maneta)