Lucia Pereira-Pardo

Contact
science@thebritishmuseum.ac.uk 

Lucia's current area of research is the application of lasers to the conservation of museum objects.

She is responsible for a 2-year project on laser cleaning of a wide range of materials using Er:YAG and Nd:YAG lasers. She also collaborates in projects related to preventive conservation and the analysis of polychromed objects by spectroscopic techniques, such as Raman, FTIR, SEM-EDX and XRF.

Before her appointment at the British Museum in 2016, Lucia participated in the project MINIARE, performing non-invasive analysis of illuminated manuscripts at the Fitzwilliam Museum in Cambridge. Between 2008 and 2015 she was a member of GEMAP-USC, the Group of Environmental Studies Applied to Natural and Cultural Heritage of the University of Santiago de Compostela (Spain), where she participated in several research projects which aimed to apply scientific methodologies to investigate and preserve the Galician Cultural Heritage: Bronze Age Petroglyphs, Galaico-Roman fortified settlements, the Cathedral of Santiago, Renaissance frescoes… In 2015 Lucia completed her PhD about the risks related to the materials and environment of a series of C16th wall paintings in NW Spain. She specialised in Conservation Science at the analytical laboratories of the Spanish Institute of Cultural Heritage in Madrid and as an intern at English Heritage in London.

Current projects

The investigation and application of laser

Evaluation of selected liquid sealants for MDF

Dust monitoring in museum stores

Pigment analysis of the Samarra stuccos

Previous projects

MINIARE: Manuscript Illumination Non- invasive analysis Research and Expertise. 2015-2016, The Fitzwilliam Museum - University of Cambridge.

Risk assessment of the C16th wall paintings from the Ribeira Sacra (Galicia, NW Spain): Material analysis and environmental study, 2010-2015, University of Santiago de Compostela.

Analysis of the polychromy of the Trinity Cross (Baiona). Investigation of the layer structure and dating, 2014, University of Santiago de Compostela.

Non-destructive analysis by spectroscopic techniques of the materials of two paintings on panel: dating and authorship, 2013, University of Santiago de Compostela.

Characterization of the mortars from the vault of the Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela, 2011, University of Santiago de Compostela.

Study of the primary bio-receptivity of limestone and granitic stones, 2010- 2011, University of Santiago de Compostela.

Study of the bio-deterioration in the Dombate dolmen. Microbiological analysis, 2010- 2011, University of Santiago de Compostela.

Characterization of the building materials from the Narahío Castle, 2010, University of Santiago de Compostela.

Determination of the degradation factors of the Campo Lameiro petroglyphs. Design of conservation measures. 2008-2009, University of Santiago de Compostela.

Analysis of the degradation factors of the Viladonga Iron Age fortified settlement. Design of a conservation strategy, 2007-2008, University of Santiago de Compostela.

External fellowships/ honorary positions/ membership of professional bodies

External collaborator of the Research team GEMAP-USC (Group of Environmental Studies applied to natural and cultural Heritage, University of Santiago de Compostela, Spain)

Member of IIC (International Institute for Conservation of Historic and Artistic works)

Recent Publications

L. Pereira-Pardo, B. Prieto, B. Silva, ‘Assessment of the risk of salt decay in wall paintings. Evaluation and comparison of thermodynamic modelling and transition cycles count’, submitted to International Journal of Conservation Science.

L. Pereira-Pardo, M. Gil, B. Prieto, B. Silva, ‘Multi-analytical approach to the material characterisation of 16th Century wall paintings from Ribeira Sacra (Galicia, NW Spain): pictorial palette, technique and alterations’, in Color Research and Application, Volume 41, Issue 3, Wiley, (2016), pp. 263–269.

A. Xavier-Rowe, C. Newman, B. Stanley, D. Thickett, L. Pereira-Pardo, ‘A new beginning for English Heritage’s archaeological and architectural stored collections’, in ICOM-CC 17th Triennial Meeting Preprints, art. 1517, Melbourne, 15–19 September 2014, ed. J. Bridgland.

D. Thickett, P. Lankester, L. Pereira-Pardo, ‘Testing damage functions for mould growth’, in ICOM-CC 17th Triennial Meeting Preprints, art. 2103, Melbourne, 15–19 September 2014, ed. J. Bridgland.

A.J. López, E. Boaglio, J. Lamas, A. Ramil, L. Pereira-Pardo, B. Prieto, B. Silva. ‘Analysis of damage in the mural paintings from A Ribeira Sacra by means of electronic speckle pattern interferometry (ESPI)’ in Lasers in the conservation of Artworks, Volume 9, Archetype Publications, (2013), pp. 231 - 233.

E. Boaglio, J. Lamas, A.J. López, A. Ramil, L. Pereira-Pardo, B. Prieto, B. Silva, ‘Development of a portable ESPI system for the analysis in situ of mural paintings’ in SPIE Digital Library, 8413, art. 14, International Society for Optics and Photonics, (2012), 10 pp.

A.Z. Miller, P. Sanmartín, L. Pereira-Pardo, A. Dionísio, C. Sáiz-Jiménez, M.F. Macedo, B. Prieto, ‘Bioreceptivity of building stones: A review’, in Science of the Total Environment, Volume 426, Elsevier, (2012), pp. 1 - 12.

B. Prieto, P. Sanmartín, L. Pereira-Pardo, B. Silva, ‘Recovery of the traditional colours of painted woodwork in the Historical Centre of Lugo (NW Spain)’, in Journal of Cultural Heritage, Volume 12, Elsevier, (2011), pp. 279 – 286.

B. Silva, B. Prieto, T. Rivas, L. Pereira-Pardo, ‘Origen y efectos deteriorantes del yeso en monumentos graníticos de NW peninsular’ ‘[Gypsum-induced decay in granite monuments in Northwestern Spain]’ in Materiales de Construcción, Volume 60, Issue 297, IETCC-CSIC, (2010), pp. 97 – 110.

B. Silva, B. Prieto, L. Pereira-Pardo, ‘Análise dos factores de deterioro do Castro de Viladonga (Lugo)’, [‘Analysis of the deterioration factors of the Viladonga fortified settlement’], in CROA, Volume 18, Xunta de Galicia, (2008), pp. 14 - 19.

B. Silva, L. Pereira-Pardo, B. Prieto, C. Pérez, ‘Hacia un plan de conservación del Castro de Viladonga. Análisis de los factores de riesgo’, [‘Towards a conservation plan for the Viladonga fortified settlement. Analysis of the risk factors’], in Actas del VI Congreso Internacional Restaurar la Memoria. La gestión del patrimonio. Hacia un planteamiento sostenible (AR&PA), Volume 2, pp. 203 – 208, Valladolid, 31 October - 2 November 2008, coord. J. Rivera-Blanco.

P. Sanmartín, L. Pereira-Pardo, B. Silva, B. Prieto, ‘Microscopía Electrónica de Barrido aplicada a la caracterización de pinturas de carpintería’, [‘Scanning Electron Microscopy applied to the characterisation of polychromed woodwork’], in Actas del VI Congreso Internacional Restaurar la Memoria. La gestión del patrimonio. Hacia un planteamiento sostenible (AR&PA), Volume 2, pp. 589 – 593, Valladolid, 31 October - 2 November 2008, coord. J. Rivera-Blanco.

Contributions to conferences

L. Pereira-Pardo, P. Ricciardi, S. Panayotova, ‘Materials and techniques of English illuminated manuscripts of the 13-14th centuries. A non-invasive analysis’, accepted at Manuscripts in the Making: Art and Science, Department of Chemistry, University of Cambridge, Cambridge (England), 8-10 December 2016

L. Pereira-Pardo, P. Ricciardi, ‘Unlocking the secrets of manuscript illumination. Non-invasive investigation of painting materials and techniques’, accepted at the 5th INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE YOuth in COnservation of CUltural Heritage (YOCOCU 2016), Museo Nacional Centro d eArte Reina Sofia, Madrid (Spain), 21-23 September 2016

L. Pereira-Pardo, P. Ricciardi, ‘Non-invasive analyses of illuminated manuscripts. The MINIARE project at the Fitzwilliam Museum’ in 2nd International SEAHA Conference, School of Geography and the Environment, Oxford University, Oxford (England), 20-21 June 2016

L. Pereira-Pardo, ‘Technical analysis of painted surfaces by means of XRF’ in XRF Technology in Archaeology, McDonald Institute of Archaeology, University of Cambridge, Cambridge (England), 25-26 May 2016.

L. Pereira-Pardo, M. Gil, B. Prieto, B. Silva, ‘Multi-Technical characterization of the pictorial palette of 16th Century Frescoes from Ribeira Sacra (NW Spain)’, in Colours 2015 Bridging Science with Art (27), University of évora, évora (Portugal), 24-26 September 2015.

L. Pereira-Pardo, B. Prieto, B. Silva, ‘Experimental Sciences applied to the conservation of the Galician wall paintings: material analysis and environmental study’, ‘[Ciencias experimentais aplicadas á conservación da pintura mural galega: análise dos materiais e estudo medioambiental]’, in EDI-USC, I Encontro da mocidade investigadora da Universidade de Santiago de Compostela, (p. 78). Santiago de Compostela, 13-15 December 2012.

L. Pereira-Pardo, B. Prieto, B. Silva, ‘Towards the characterization of Galician wall paintings´ materials: construction of a material reference library’, in M. Lazzari y S. Rochette (Eds.), Technoheritage. Research advances for the conservation of cultural heritage, (p.134). Santiago de Compostela, 2-5 October 2012.

L. Pereira-Pardo, B. Prieto, B. Silva, ‘Microclimatic analysis in Galicia churches decorated with 16th century wall paintings: case study of San Lourenzo de Fión’, in M. Lazzari y S. Rochette (Eds.), Technoheritage. Research advances for the conservation of cultural heritage, (p.98). Santiago de Compostela, 2-5 October 2012.

B. Prieto, B. Silva, L. Pereira-Pardo, D. Vázquez-Nion, P. Sanmartín, ‘Characterization of stones and mortars as a tool in archaeological studies: the case of the Castle of Naraío, northwest Spain’, in M. Lazzari y S. Rochette (Eds.), Technoheritage. Research advances for the conservation of cultural heritage, (p.135). Santiago de Compostela, 2-5 October 2012.

L. Pereira-Pardo, B. Prieto, B. Silva, ‘Spectroscopic techniques applied to the characterization of the palette of 16th century wall paintings from Galicia (NW Spain)’ in E. Bagán et al (Eds.) IRUG 10th Biennial international conference of the infrared and Raman users group, (pp. 210-211). Barcelona, 28-31 March 2012.

E. Boaglio, J. Lamas, A. J. López, A. Ramil, L. Pereira, B. Prieto, B. Silva, ‘ESPI based techniques for damage detection in mural paintings from Spanish National Heritage’, in AOP 2011: Applications of Optics and Photonics. Braga (Portugal), 3-7 May 2011.

A. J. López, E. Boaglio, J. Lamas, L. Pereira, A. Ramil, ‘Laser speckle technique for the non-destructive analysis of mural paintings, preliminary studies’, in Materiais 2011: VI Simposio Internacional sobre materiais, (p.388). Guimaraes (Portugal), 18-20 April 2011.

L. Pereira-Pardo, B. Prieto, B. Silva, ‘Use of visible reflectance spectroscopy as a non-invasive technique to characterize the pigment composition of 16th Century wall paintings from A Ribeira Sacra (NW Spain)’ in ART´11 10th international conference on non-destructive investigations and microanalysis for the diagnostics and conservation of cultural and environmental heritage. Florence (Italy), 13-15 April 2011.

L. Pereira-Pardo, B. Prieto, B. Silva, ‘Methodology to identify the decaying factors of the wall paintings of A Ribeira Sacra’, in Non-invasive analysis of painting materials. International School Hubert Curien on structural and molecular archaeology. (p.96). Erice, Sicily, 14-21 June 2010.