ESR10 – Jan Cutajar

Jan Cutajar

Country of Origin: Malta
Host Institution: UiO


Jan completed a BSc (Hons) in Chemistry at the University of Malta and Bishop’s University, Canada and then went on to train as an objects conservator at the Institute of Archaeology at UCL, obtaining an MA in Principles of Conservation and an MSc in Conservation for Archaeology & Museums. He has then worked as a research assistant on UCL and National Trust projects in the UK, whilst also undertaking projects in the capacity of freelancer with the Institut francais de l’archeologie orientale in Cairo and other institutions (e.g. in Sudan and in the Netherlands). His professional interests touch upon furniture and wooden objects, decorated surfaces, conservation fieldwork on heritage sites, conservation science and conservation outreach amongst others (having also published a few articles on these subjects).

Aspirations within projects:

Jan is looking forward to building and strengthening his professional network across the conservation and cultural heritage field, whilst learning more about the potential of and advances in digital imaging techniques and their application in the heritage domain, and making them more accessible to conservators in the lab and on the field as part of their toolkit for treatment.He also anticipates immersing himself in Munch’s unique artworks and fostering a growing awareness for his works in the public eye within a European context and beyond. Finally, in merging aspects of both conservation science and practice, he hopes this project will stimulate the continued honing of his skills both as a practicing conservator and as a heritage researcher, and thus allow him to contribute towards the improvement and amelioration of the profession and the care of cultural heritage.

Project description
ESR10: Imaging-based documentation and analysis for change monitoring of novel dry-cleaning restoration/ conservation methods for unvarnished canvas paintings


  • Identify paints vulnerable to dirt accumulation and related dry-cleaning methods.
  • Develop representative paint mock-ups for documentation and novel cleaning tests.
  • Perform relevant accelerated aging and testing followed by documentation.
  • Investigate, evaluate and document changes with support of case-studies.

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