After four years as a lighting designer, I've made the decision to go back to "school" and pursue a long wanted PhD. I am lucky enough to do this in partnership and under the supervision of the scientific and industry research elite in the field: I have been awarded an EPSRC scholarship to within the framework of the Centre for Doctoral Training in Science and Engineering in Arts, Heritage and Archaeology (SEAHA-CDT), a joint venture by UCL, Oxford and Brighton in the field of the newly forged Heritage Science.
My research focuses the characterization and implementation of new colorimetric illuminants of artwork museum lighting systems, the latest developments in spectral fine tuning of LED light sources, colour fidelity and preference of the human observer. The project is supervised by Dr Kalliopi Fouseki, an expert in visitor engagement in the museum environment and Prof Andrew Stockman, Steers Professor of Investigative Eye Research at UCL's Institute of Ophthalmology, and director of the Colour Vision Research Laboratory and in partnership with UCL Museums and Collections, the Lighting Laboratory of the National Technical University of Athens. The research is also kindly funded and supported by OSRAM and ACT Lighting Design.
Within the framework of my PhD, we aim to instigate an active dialogue between museum scientists and staff, the academic community and lighting professionals working in a heritage context. This will track the progress of our research, engage and educate the public on the importance and value of light in heritage and provide useful feedback steering the progress of our research. In case you belong to any of the categories mentioned, please do get in touch, your contribution is always welcome.