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Miss Nicola Emmerson 

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Position:PhD Conservation

Academic History

2011 PGCE Secondary Science: Chemistry (Outstanding), Manchester Metropolitan University
2006 MA European Neolithic (Merit), Cardiff University
2005 BSc Conservation of Objects in Museums and Archaeology (First Class Hons.), University of Wales, Cardiff

PhD Research

Working Title:
Preparation of Historic Wrought Iron Surfaces to Receive Protective Coatings
Start Date: October 2011
First Supervisor: Prof. David Watkinson
Second Supervisor: Dr Panagiota Manti


Emmerson N. and Watkinson D. (2013) Preparing historic wrought iron for protective coatings: quantitative assessment to produce evidence-based protocols. In Metal 2013 Edinburgh, Scotland. Interim Meeting of the International Council of Museums Committee for Conservation Metal Working Group, 16th -20th September 2013. (Eds.) Hyslop, E., Gonzalez, V., Troalen, L. and Wilson, L., 119-128. ISBN Print: 978-1-84917-142-7, ISBN Digital: 978-1-84917-132-8

Additional information

Current research

Phase I of this Historic Scotland funded PhD project has researched the influence of surface preparation method on the corrosion rate of historic wrought iron. Corrosion rates are derived from the oxygen consumption of wrought iron samples sealed within airtight reaction vessels at high humidity. Results are currently being prepared for publishing.

Phase II involves comparing the effectiveness in corrosion prevention of an industrial two-pack epoxy resin protective coating system and a household name oil-based system. Corrosion rate data will be considered alongside practical and ethical concerns to produce a cost benefit analysis of use of these coating types in the heritage sector.

Roles and responsibilities

Seminar Tutor for undergraduate and postgraduate Conservation modules

Conservation Editor of the e-journal Studies in History, Archaeology, Religion and Conservation

Chair of the Institute of Conservation Metals Group