Prof. Adrian Heritage

Prof. Adrian Heritage

Campus Südstadt
Ubierring 40
50678 Köln
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  • Conservation-Restoration Philosophy Website
  • Wall Painting, Street Art PDF


  • Salt deterioration processes/ salt reduction and management strategies The Desalination project - a European research project which involved representatives of the private sector, universities, industry, research centres and public authorities. This project examined the use of poultices to treat salt damage problems.
    Desalination Book
  • Conservation of Wall Painting Developments in the conservation of wall paintings from a multidisciplinary perspective.
    Conserving the Painted Past: Developing Approaches to Wall Painting Conservation
  • Nabataean Wall Paintings of Petra, Jordan Forscher aus Berlin und Köln entwickeln Konservierungsstrategien Restauratoren der TH Köln untersuchen gemeinsam mit Naturwissenschaftlern der Technischen Universität Berlin und Archäologen der Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin.
    DFG Projekt Weltkulturerbe Petra
  • Conservation Imaging Timelapse
  • DFG Projekt: Nabatäischen Petra
    Charakterisierung und Konservierung von Malereien an Wänden und Skulpturen vom Nabatäischen Petra Weltkulturerbe Petra: Forscher aus Berlin und Köln entwickeln Konservierungsstrategien Restauratoren der TH Köln untersuchen gemeinsam mit Naturwissenschaftlern der Technischen Universität Berlin und Archäologen der Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin antike Wandmalereien in der jordanischen Felsenstadt Petra – Hauptstadt des untergegangenen Reiches der Nabatäer und heutiges UNESCO-Weltkulturerbe. Das Forschungsprojekt wird über drei Jahre von der Deutschen Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG) gefördert. Neben Prof. Heritage vom CICS der TH Köln sind Prof. Dr. Birgit Kanngießer vom Institut für Optik und Atomare Physik der Technischen Universität Berlin und Professor Dr. Stephan G. Schmid vom Institut für Archäologie der HumboldtUniversität zu Berlin beteiligt. In Jordanien arbeiten die Wissenschaftlerinnen und Wissenschaftler mit dem Department of Antiquities of Jordan, dem Petra Archaeological Park (PAP) und der University Hashemite zusammen.
  • EU project "Desalination" (EC contract no.022714), VII Framework Programme
  • Conservation Work at Auschwitz-Birkenau
    Dauerprojekt “Konservierungs- und Restaurierungsarbeiten im Staatliche Museum Auschwitz-Birkenau, Polen”. Sonderprogramm des Präsidiums zur Internationalisierung der Hochschule, TH Köln und der Staatliche Museum Auschwitz-Birkenau, Polen.
  • Coming Clean
    The Coming Clean project is about decision-making processes in conservation and the factors that affect them, from public perception, to cultural background, educational background and context. The 3-year project funded by UCL Qatar is a partnership between UCL Qatar, UCL’s Institute of Archaeology, the National Trust, Cologne University of Applied Sciences and the Museum of Islamic Art in Qatar. Coming Clean adopts a holistic approach to a common step in conservation which is an irreversible intervention. We investigate how different ideas, people, contexts, education as well as institutional guidelines and ethical codes influence conservation practice and whether these meet the aesthetic expectations of the public. The factors are examined across the discipline. The project aims to explore the relationships between ethical, philosophical, aesthetic, cultural and material issues and their implications on objects and monuments. Coming Clean follows a methodology of discovery and observation though literature surveys, analysis of treatment records and public perception surveys.
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  • A review of salt transport in porous media, assessment methods and salt reduction treatments
    Sawdy, Alison, Heritage, Adrian and Pel, Leo, 2008, Hg.: L.M. Ottosen, I. Rörig-Dalgaard, P.K. Larsen, I. Brajer, P. Bøllingstoft, M. Marciniak and M. Svane (eds), Salt Weathering on Buildings and Stone Sculptures, Proceedings from the International Confere
  • Integration of high-resolution spatial and spectral data acquisition systems to provide complementary datasets for cultural heritage applications
    Simon, Camille; Huxhagen, Uwe; Mansouri, Alamin; Heritage, Adrian, Boochs, Frank; and Franck S. Marzani, 2010, Hg.: David G. Stork, Jim Coddington, and Anna Bentkowska-Kafel, editors, Proceedings of SPIE Vol. 7531 Computer Vision and Image Analysis of Art, San Jose, CA, USA.
    Link to SPIE
  • The materials and techniques of the choir screen paintings, Cologne Cathedral - a review of recent findings
    Adrian Heritage, 2012, Hg.: Die Sprache des Materials - Kölner Maltechnik des Spätmittelalters im Kontext. In: Zeitschrift für Kunsttechnologie und Konservierung: ZKK 26 (1), S. 136–149.
  • Documentation in the Fourth Dimension, In: GraDoc Graphic Documentation Systems in Mural Painting Conservation, Research Seminar, Rome, 16-20 November 1999
    Adrian Heritage, 2000, Hg.: ed. Werner Schmid, ICCROM, Rome.
  • Evaluating the influence of mixture composition on the kinetics of salt damage in wall paintings using time lapse video imaging with direct data annotation
    Alison Sawdy and Adrian Heritage, 2007, Hg.: Journal of Environmental Geology 52 (2) S. 303-315.
  • Imaging dynamic processes in conservation: online data acquisition and direct image annotation
    Adrian Heritage, 1999, Hg.: 6th International Conference on Non-destructive Testing and Microanalysis for the Diagnostics and Conservation of the Cultural and Environmental Heritage, Rome, May 17-20 1999.

Conference Proceedings

  • Conserving the Painted Past: Developing Approaches to Wall Painting Conservation : Postprints of an International Conference Organized by English Heritage, December 1999
    Proceedings editors Robert Gowing and Adrian Heritage, 2003, Hg.: James & James, English Heritage.

Desalination project - a European research project

  • Desalination of historic structures and objects
    edited by Alison Heritage, Adrian Heritage and Fulvio Zezza, 2014, Hg.: Archetype, London.
    ISBN: 9781904982890

Digital Book

  • Churches of Lesvos: A Preservation Study for the Katholikon of Moni Perivolis and Other Historic Churches
    World Monuments Fund, 2011, Hg.: World Monuments Fund
    In 2008 and 2010, a group of twelve churches on the island of Lesvos, Greece were included on the World Monuments Watch. Over two summers, in 2010 and 2011, two teams of specialists and historic preservation graduate students undertook a preservation study of the Katholikon of Moni Perivolis. Eleven other churches included in the World Monuments Watch were visited and inspected. This report describes the condition of the building and its interior wall paintings and makes recommendations for repairs and future work. It includes measured drawings, restoration specifications, and materials analyses.

Practical Information Leaflet

  • Production of wall painting conservation documents
    Heritage, Adrian and Robert Gowing, 2002, Hg.: English Heritage
    There is an increasing awareness and demand within the conservation field for the production of conservation proposals and reports as essential components of any project. Beyond their primary roles as defined by the client, these documents may also be required for applications for Faculties or Listed Building Consent,for grant applications, tenders for conservation work, as records for longer-term conservation management and maintenance, and as historical archives. This Practical Information Leaflet is intended as a guide for the organisation and production of proposals and reports required for wall painting conservation. Within this leaflet, English Heritage aims both to simplify and to clarify the contents and structure of wall painting conservation documents. The material presented is deliberately intended to encourage substance over style or gloss, and should aid in the generation of clear and consistent reports which can be effective and useful to conservators, owners, clients, regulatory authorities and funding bodies. English Heritage has prepared this leaflet as the first of a series of practical guides, aimed at clarifying different aspects of the conservation process and improving standards conservation.
  • Temporary protection of wall paintings during building works
    Heritage, Adrian and Robert Gowing, 2002, Hg.: English Heritage
    This Practical Information Leaflet is intended as an aid for conservators to inform conservation officers, architects, contractors, property owners, and others entrusted with the care of historic buildings that contain wall paintings.Within thisleaflet, English Heritage provides information on the protection of painted decoration when works are planned to renovate or alter a building.The leaflet identifies the situations in which the protection of wall paintings is likely to be required, the methods available and their limitations, and the procedures necessary to ensure that the correct sequence of events occurs with the least interference to the paintings. English Heritage has prepared this leaflet as one of a series of practical guides, aimed at clarifying different aspects of the conservation process and improving standards within the practice of wall painting conservation.
  • Conservation Treatment: A Risk Factor
    Conference on Risk Management held in Stockholm, Sweden, 1-3 December, 2014
  • ENCoRE (European Network for Conservation / Restoration Education)
    Board Member
  • International Institute for Conservation of Historic and Artistic Works (IIC)
  • ICON Institute of Conservation, UK
    Accredited Member (ACR)
  • Blue Shield für Deutschland
  • ICOM
    International Council of Museums Individual Member
  • ICOMOS Germany
seit 2008 (Teilzeit mit Unterbrechung) PhD Research: Technical Art History – Conservation ‘Cologne Cathedral Choir Screen Paintings: Materials, Techniques and Physical History’, Courtauld Institute of Art, University of London.
seit 2002 Professor für Restaurierung und Konservierung von Wandmalerei
Technische Hochschule Köln, Institut für Restaurierungs- und Konservierungswissenschaft Ubierring 40, 50678, Köln
von Mai 1997 bis März 2002 Head of Wall Paintings/Senior Wall Paintings Conservator
English Heritage, Fortress House, Saville Row, London W1, UK Website
März 1996 bis März 1997 Research Staff member, Courtauld Institute of Art, University of London (The Hardham Project)
1994 bis 1995 Courtauld Institute of Art, University of London. MA in Paintings Conservation (with Distinction)
1991 bis 1994 Courtauld Institute of Art, University of London. Postgraduate Diploma course in the Conservation of Wall Paintings. Practical internship under Heinz Leitner, Austria
1981 bis 1985 B.A. Honours Degree in Fine Art, Philosophy, History of Art at University of Reading, UK,