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Prof David Watkinson 

Mr David Watkinson
Position:Professor (Conservation)/ Deputy Head of School

Telephone:+44 (0)29 208 74249
Fax:+44 (0)29 208 74929
Location:John Percival Building, Room 3.16

Research Interests

  • Structure, decay and conservation of historical and archaeological objects.
  • Corrosion and conservation of metals; specifically iron.
  • Corrosion of archaeological glass.
  • Long term storage of metals in museums.
  • Methodology and accuracy in collection survey.
  • The education and training of conservation professionals.

Research Projects

AHRC/CDA in partnership with Historic Scotland and the Tank Museum ‘Quantifying corrosion of historical wrought iron and steel to develop predictive preservation methods and strategies

ss Great Britain Trust -  ‘Conservation of Brunel’s steamship ss Great Britain.’ 

AHRC/EPSRC Heritage Science Project - ‘Evidence-based Condition-Monitoring Strategy for Preservation of Heritage Iron’ 

Historic Scotland Project – ‘‘Preparation of historic wrought iron surfaces to receive protective coatings and evaluation of paint performance’.’ 


Course leader; BSc Conservation of Objects in Museums and Archaeology, MSc Conservation, MSc Care of Collections. Teaching: Corrosion and conservation of metals; Decay and conservation of wet wood; Theory and practice in the workplace; Method in conservation; Analysis of materials, Practical conservation projects, Conservation independent study, Conservation dissertation, Archaeological Science, Masters dissertations, PhD supervision.