Capucine Korenberg


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Capucine Korenberg is responsible for implementing preventive conservation across the Museum in collaboration with the preventive conservators. She also conducts research related to the preservation of the collections.

Currently, her main area of research is laser cleaning, an established technique used to remove pollution crusts from stone. Working closely with conservators, Capucine is investigating whether laser might be suitable to clean other materials, such as archaeological coins, archaeological bone and historical iron.

Before joining the Museum in 2003, Capucine was a research fellow at the Victoria & Albert Museum and the Textile Conservation Centre, studying the durability of smart and techno fabrics.

Current projects

The investigation and application of laser
Removal of old consolidants from archaeological bone using laser

Evaluation of selected liquid sealants to seal MDF

Storage of rubber objects

Previous projects

Light ageing of paints under anoxic conditions

Analysis of salts formed on ceramic objects

Deterioration of cellulose based materials by ultraviolet filtered light

Light ageing of feathers

Recent publications

Bertolotti, G. & Korenberg, C. (2018). The use of wood-based products in showcases: an insight into current practices.Journal of the Institute of Conservation. DOI: 10.1080/19455224.2018.1463919

Pereira-Pardo, L. & Korenberg, C. (2017). The use of erbium lasers for the conservation of cultural heritage. A review. Journal of Cultural Heritage. DOI:10.1016/j.culher.2017.10.007.

Korenberg, C. Keable, M., Phippard, J. & Doyle A. (2017). Refinements Introduced in the Oddy Test Methodology, Studies in Conservation. DOI:10.1080/00393630.2017.1362177

Garside, D., Curran, K., & Korenberg, C., Macdonald, L., Teunissen, K. & Robson, S. (2017). How is museum lighting selected? An insight into current practice in UK museums. Journal of the Institute of Conservation. 40. 1-12. DOI: 10.1080/19455224.2016.1267025.

Hess, M., Korenberg, C., Robson, S., Entwistle, C. & Ward, C. (2015). Use of 3D laser scanning for monitoring of dimensional stability of a Byzantine ivory panel. Studies in Conservation Journal. Issue S1: Proceedings of the LACONA 10 Conference-Laser in Conservation of Artworks, Sharjah (2014). S126-S133. DOI: 10.1179/0039363015Z.000000000217.

C. Korenberg and A. M. Baldwin, ‘Laser cleaning of iron: surface appearance and re-corrosion of model systems’ in Lasers in the Conservation of Artworks VIII, p 123-128 (2011)

C. Korenberg, ‘The photo-ageing behaviour of selected water colour paints under anoxic condition’, British Museum Technical Bulletin, vol.2 p 49-58 (2008)

S. Bradley, P. Fletcher, C. Korenberg, J. Parker and C. Ward, ‘A review of the colour and condition of Lindow Man 20 years after conservation’, Studies in Conservation Studies in Conservation vol.53 p 273-284 (2008)

C. Korenberg, A. Baldwin and P. Pouli, ‘Investigating and optimizing the laser cleaning of corroded iron’ in Lasers in the Conservation of Artworks VII, p 291-296 (2008)

C. Korenberg, A. Baldwin and P. Pouli, ‘Investigating the laser cleaning of archaeological copper-alloys using different laser systems’ in Lasers in the Conservation of Artworks VII, p 285-290  (2008)

C. Korenberg, M. Smirniou and K. Birkholzer, “Investigating the use of the Nd:YAG laser to clean Ancient Egyptian polychrome artefacts in Lasers in the Conservation of Artworks VII, p 221-226 (2008)

C. Korenberg, ‘Effect of UV filtered light on the mechanical strength of cellulose-based fabrics’ British Museum Technical Bulletin, vol. ,1 p 23-28 (2007)

C. Korenberg and A. Baldwin, ‘Laser cleaning tests on archaeological copper alloys using a Nd:YAG laser’, Laser Chemistry, vol. 2006, Article ID 75831, 7 pages, (2006)

C. Korenberg, ‘Corrosion stains on metallic tokens stored in polyurethane foam’, Studies in Conservation, vol. 51, p 1-10 (2006)