retouching conference2nd International Meeting on Retouching of Cultural Heritage, RECH2

In October 24 – 25, 2014 will be held at Casa das Artes, in the City of Porto (Portugal), the 2nd International Meeting on Retouching of Cultural Heritage

The RECH2 Meeting, hosted by the Escola Artística e Profissional Árvore. The official language is English.

The main focus will be to promote the exchange of ideas, concepts, terminology, methods, techniques and materials applied to the retouching process in different areas of conservation: mural painting, easel painting, sculpture, graphic documentation, architecture, plasterwork, photography and contemporary art, among others. This two day meeting will be divided in three sessions: Retouching: theory and teaching methods; Case studies concerning immovable and movable heritage; New technologies: applicability in conservation and in the study and documentation of the retouching process.  Please click here to see the papers and the programme of the conference.  Attention: PREVIOUS REGISTRATION IS NECESSARY

BAPCR Edinburgh visit – 21st November 2014


BAPCR members are invited to join an extended visit to Edinburgh on Friday 21st November 2014.


Two private tours have been arranged at the National Galleries of Scotland with their conservators – the first visit is to the Conservation departments which are located at the Gallery of Modern Art and the second is to the recently conserved and reinstalled collection at Scottish National Portrait Gallery.

There will also be a chance to see the displays at both museums with fellow BAPCR members and take part in other optional arranged activities on the trip including a meal in Edinburgh’s scenic port of Leith on Thursday evening, dinner on Friday evening and, later, a night of dancing and live music at one of Edinburgh’s most popular ceilidhs. Those wishing to stay for the weekend can visit other collections and Edinburgh’s beautiful Christmas markets.

The cost per member for the private tours is £35.00 which includes a donation to the National Galleries, a specially prepared travel pack with suggestions for accommodation, City riverside walks, visits to galleries and historical sites such as Rosslyn Chapel, cream teas, cocktails, whiskey tastings and more. Please note that meals, travel and accommodation are not included in the ticket price. We hope that members can join us for what promises to be a most delightful and stimulating trip which will offer a chance to meet fellow conservators from other parts of the UK and also a chance to gain an insight into conservation practice at the National Galleries of Scotland.

The maximum number for the tours is 15 people. Please book early to avaiod disappointment.  R.S.V.P to the Secretary Gemma Collins by 26th September to confirm attendance.

The BAPCR Council


Itinerary for the trip:

Thursday 20th November
Arrival and informal dinner in the scenic port of Leith.

Friday 21st November
10:00 Meet at the front entrance hall of the Gallery of Modern Art One, Belford Road. Coffee in the café and / or view the exhibition, Generation: a celebration of the last 25 years of Scottish Art

11.30 Tour of the National Galleries of Scotland’s Conservation departments, including Paper, Painting and Frames Conservation.

1:00 Travel to the Scottish National Portrait Gallery (SNPG), Queen Street, for lunch in the beautiful café

2.30 – 4:00 Focussed tour of the SNPG by NGS Conservation staff. This magnificent Arts and Crafts building was designed by the architect, Rowand Anderson in the 1890s as the first purpose-built portrait gallery in the world. Between 2009 and 2011 the building underwent an extensive renovation project with the aim of reinstating as far as possible, the original appearance of the building while adding 21st Century facilities for both collections and visitors. Three specific aspects of this exciting project will be discussed; firstly, the conservation of William Hole’s splendid painted mural scheme, ceiling and frieze in the Great Hall carried out with a large group of overseas and UK conservation students; secondly, the pioneering passive control system adopted to manage the building’s environment; and thirdly, the installation of an automated retrieval system for the printroom collections. After the tour there will be a chance to view the permanent collection.

7:30 Meet for drinks, 8:00 meet for dinner (venue tbc)

10:00 Ceilidh visit. Bring your dancing shoes or enjoy a wee dram with colleagues at the bar at one of the Capital’s most popular ceilidh evenings. Tartan is optional!

Saturday 22nd November
11:00 Meet at National Gallery of Scotland, the Mound, to view the permanent collection then mulled wine at the nearby magical German Christmas Market



Sophie Plender MBE


A hearty CONGRATULATIONS to Sophie Plender on being awarded an MBE for services to the arts in the Queen’s Birthday Honours list! Sophie, BAPCR member and one time Council Member said “It was a complete surprise!” At the BAPCR meeting on the 9th July Chair Pippa Balch led the congratulations as assembled members applauded her achievement.

Notification of the honour was published on 14th June in the London Gazette with Sophie listed as ‘Painting Conservator and Restorer. For services to the Arts.’

Sophie is known for her work at the National Portrait Gallery, The Dulwich Picture Gallery and in her own studio, but she spoke to The Picture Restorer in 2011 about her whole career which started with her training at the Courtauld Institute. (The Picture Restorer, Issue 38).


 Sophie at the BAPCR 'Ripping Yarns' Conference in 2011

Sophie at the BAPCR ‘Ripping Yarns’ Conference in 2011


BAPCR AGM and Evening Talk

(c) Norfolk Museums & Archaeology Service (Norwich Castle Museum & Art Gallery); Supplied by The Public Catalogue Foundation

(c) Norfolk Museums & Archaeology Service (Norwich Castle Museum & Art Gallery); Supplied by The Public Catalogue Foundation

Rose Miller – John Sell Cotman and John Crome: Material Sensibilities

Wednesday 9th July 2014
Art Workers’ Guild, 6 Queens’ Square, London, WC1N 3AT
Doors 6.30, AGM 7.00pm, talk at 7.30pm

BAPCR members Free / Non-members £10 on the door




The BAPCR looks forward to welcoming you at the Art Workers’ Guild for our AGM and evening talk by Rose Miller.

John Sell Cotman and John Crome: Material Sensibilities   Research has shown that these masters of British landscape had a particular understanding of their painting materials and methods. Cotman and Crome’s common use of coarse or recycled materials often resulted in paintings that show a disregard for the decorum of surface, but their paintings are not simply the result of poverty and homemade brushes (as previously perceived). They were skillfully manipulating their materials, and with them, exploring their material surroundings – their landscape.

This talk will explore two phenomena, the presence of drying cracks in the oil paintings of Cotman, and the visual effect of open weave canvas in those by Crome. It will suggest that what could be read as drying problems should in some cases be seen as drying effects, and what might appear to be varnish residues caught in the troughs of the canvas is an intentional visual device. CO-TMP drying cracks

Rose Miller studied conservation of easel paintings at the Courtauld (2005-08) before an internship at the Hamilton Kerr Institute (2009-11). This talk results from research that started as her Courtauld student project, and was further pursued in a curatorial research project (2011-13), funded by the Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art, based at the Hamilton Kerr Institute and in collaboration with Norwich Castle Museum and Art Gallery. She now works in private studios in London.

Entry is free of charge to members of the BAPCR, and £10 for non-members. Wine and soft drinks will be available to purchase before and after the talk.

It will be possible to join the BAPCR at the door. Benefits include free entrance to BAPCR talks and discounted entry to BAPCR conferences and workshops, plus the excellent journal The Picture Restorer twice yearly.

Associate membership £55/Student membership £20 (free for first year).
Please email Gemma Collins, BAPCR Secretary  if you know you will be attending the talk so we can buy enough wine and soft drinks.