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Mr Joseph Padfield

Member since: 10/04/2016 - 13:14
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Primary Domain/Field of Expertise (Other): 
Heritage Science
Other (professional title): 
Conservation Scientist
Organization name: 
The National Gallery
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United Kingdom

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Conservation scientist at the National Gallery, London. He completed a degree in Chemistry at Edinburgh University, followed by a MA in Easel Paintings Conservation from the University of Northumbria at Newcastle and a postgraduate diploma in the conservation of paintings at the Hamilton Kerr Institute in Cambridge, and then joined the National Gallery Scientific Department in 2000. His work encompasses the fields of preventive conservation, colour science, conservation documentation, technical examination of paintings, generating/sharing digital images, image processing, web development, data management and integration systems development, database development, open‐linked data, RDF triple stores and the semantic web. His main research interests include digital documentation and museum lighting, specifically investigating how the introduction of new types of lights (e.g. LEDs), affects how we compare and select appropriate lighting for museums. He represents the National Gallery’s in several collaborative national and international external research projects, such as CrossCult ( and IPERION-CH ( He is also the developer and maintainer of the National Gallery’s spectral power distribution lighting research website (

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