Professor of Conservation and Technical Art History
History of Art, School of Culture and Creative Arts, University of Glasgow
Since 2017 Christina Young has been Head of the Technical Art History Group in the College of Arts at the University. She is currently conducting a Leverhulme Major Fellowship research project on the history and significance of scenic art and artists in Great Britain: The Power To Transform.
Christina has continued her research and practice into conservation with two EPSRC-funded projects: IMPASTOW on the fatigue and fracture of panel paintings in collaboration with Imperial College and the National Trust, and Conserving Canvas in collaboration with The Hunterian a Getty Foundation funded training and treatment project. A new EPSRC funded project is now underway PISTACHIO on non-invasive Photonic Imaging Strategies for Technical Art History and Conservation in collaboration with Heriot-Watt University and The Hunterian.
Her other research interests are the conservation of modern and contemporary art, painted cloth, stained glass and the materials and methods of Anselm Kiefer and Alfred Sisley.
Christina has a BSc in Physics from Imperial College, London and an MSc in Applied Optics. In 1994 she was awarded the Gerry Hedley Research Scholarship and gained her PhD in the “Measurement of the biaxial tensile properties of paintings on canvas” in 1996. Before joining Glasgow University, she was a Reader in easel painting conservation and conservation science in the Conservation & Technology Department, Courtauld Institute of Art. Prior to which she was Leverhulme Research Fellow at Tate Britain (1997-2000), a Getty Scholar at the Getty Conservation Centre, Los Angeles (2010), and is presently Visiting Fellow at Imperial College, London.