Dr Margaret Smith
History of Art, University of Glasgow
Margaret’s main research expertise lies in the study of degradation rates of materials, the effects of environmental conditions on these rates and the interaction at materials’ surfaces in respect to molecular mechanisms of attachment and release. Such detailed understanding is crucial in the application of scientific research to cultural heritage study. Her expertise (HPLC, GC, FTIR, Raman and UV spectroscopy and microscopy) within the TAH group supports many of the MLitt research projects on painted cloths and paintings.
Her object research is focused on painted cloths and barkcloth. Margaret is also part of our research team on the PISTACHIO project researching non-invasive Photonic Imaging Strategies for Technical Art History and Conservation in collaboration with Heriot-Watt University and The Hunterian.
Margaret is an affiliate within the Centre for Textile Conservation and Technical Art History. She joined the Technical Art History group part-time in 2013 to develop the analytical teaching and also to contribute to the group’s research. Since then, Margaret has worked as both a lecturer and researcher across both the disciplines of Technical Art History and Textile Conservation.
Previously she was a research chemist for 23 years both in industry and in the Schools of Engineering and Chemistry at the University of Glasgow, where she gained extensive experience in the application of analytical techniques, materials science and coordinating field trials in multidisciplinary projects. In 2011-12 she became an intern funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund and the Institute of Conservation working jointly between academia and the heritage sector and this catalysed her interest in heritage science