A closer look at Murals

Recent advances in the conservation and scientific investigation of Wall Paintings 

A Symposium in Conservation Science held with support from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation

30th May 2019, The British Museum, London, UK

Registration is open

the call for papers in closed.

The Scientific Research Department of the British Museum is inviting contributions for the 2019 one-day symposium on the recent advances in the conservation and scientific investigation of wall paintings. The symposium is free of charge and supported by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

All submissions within the scope of the conference are welcome, however preference will be given to abstracts covering the following topics:

- Deterioration and preventive measures:

  • Soluble salts. Effects and control
  • Biodeterioration
  • Monitoring and controlling the environment
  • Strategies for heritage at risk


- Innovative conservation treatments:

  • Laser cleaning
  • Nanomaterials for consolidation and protection
  • Gels for cleaning
  • Microemulsions and micellar systems


- Characterisation of  condition, techniques and       materials:

  • New methods for diagnosis and recording: DSPI, THz, NMR, RTI, BIM...
  • Non-invasive analysis: MSI/HSI, pXRF, FORS, portable Raman and FTIR...
  • Pigment and dye analysis
  • A secco paintings: binding media analysis

Laser cleaning of a Coptic wall painting from the BM collection.  © Trustees of the British Museum.

Important dates

31st January 2019: deadline for abstracts

28th February 2019: notification of acceptance

22nd March 2019: Registration

26th April 2019: registration closing

The symposium will be conducted in English and will be free of charge, thanks to funding from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. Registration will be needed and details will be available in due course. Due to the limited number of oral presentations that can be fitted in one day, a poster session will be organised as well.

Guidelines for posters and oral presentations

Oral presentations will be of 15 minutes (unless differently specified) with questions at the end of the sessions. It is extremely important that speakers respect the time limit.

Poster boards have a dimension of 100 cm x 100 cm, therefore posters must be in portrait format and A1 size (84.1 x 59.4 cm). 

Posters will be on display during the duration of the symposium.

Submission Criteria

Abstracts (max 400 words) can be sent to wallpaintings@bm-mellon-symposia.org. A maximum of two figures can be included in the abstract. References and acknowledgements are not mandatory. All abstract must be submitted in English.


Please, include your preference for oral or poster presentation in your email, although a final decision will be made by the organisers depending on the number of abstracts received.

For further information please contact:  wallpaintings@bm-mellon-symposia.org

The symposium is organised by Lucía Pereira Pardo and Lucia N. Melita, 

Andrew W. Mellon Postdoctoral Research Fellows at the British Museum.


Department of Scientific Research,
The British Museum, Great Russell Street, London WC1B 3DG, UK