Daniel Sánchez Villavicencio
History of Art, University of Glasgow
Daniel’s research focus is on understanding flexible painted textiles through the characterisation of Glasgow Museums’ George Kenning’s Banners. Commercially-made trade union banners, of which these are examplars, are emblematic of British social history. The banners display a typology of damages associated with being carried outdoors, interactions with the environment and the increased stiffness of their paint layers over time. This endangers their conservation and prevents them from being safely displayed/stored. To help preserve such significant objects for future generations, it is crucial to understand the material interactions between their surfaces and interfaces. Daniel is working on the characterization of the selected banners to determine their composition, physical properties and the build-up of their construction.
Daniel is a dedicated paintings conservator, whose passion has always been the conservation and material research of paintings, working on a wide range of examples from different periods. He has been involved in all the professional ambits of the discipline: education, research and direct conservation, always looking to progressively increase his skills in a collaborative manner. Daniel was awarded a MLitt in Technical History by the University of Glasgow in 2015, and is currently back to work on a PhD in History of Art, studying five painted banners belonging to Glasgow Museums collection.