£415,000 funding for Kelvin Hall Study Centre

08 June 2021
Kelvin Hall, Glasgow
Researchers at the University of Glasgow have benefited from a major grant to help upgrade advanced analytical and imaging instrumentation.

The grant, from the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC), is part of the £15m AHRC’s Capability for Collections (CapCo) Fund to help secure the future of the UK’s galleries, libraries, archives, and museums.

Equipping the Vision of Kelvin Hall

The funding for the University of Glasgow project, Equipping the Vision of Kelvin Hall, will be used to integrate and enhance provision in the research and teaching of Cultural Heritage Science and Conservation at the University of Glasgow. 

The upgraded and state-of-the-art instrumentation includes:

  • a suite of specialised high-resolution microscopes with enhanced wavelength range
  • mapping and digital capability
  • an imaging FTIR for mapping multi-layered painted/coated surfaces
  • instruments for non-invasive: pigment analysis, surface relief and texture characterisation, and light fade testing of objects

The Equipping the Vision of Kelvin Hall project is led by Professor Christina Young, the principal investigator, and Dr John Faithfull of The Hunterian, who is co-investigator. 


Professor Young, Professor of Conservation and Technical Art History, at the College of Arts, said: “The University of Glasgow holds one of the most significant research collections in Scotland, encompassing The Hunterian, one of the world's leading university museums, and the Archives & Special Collections which hold vast world-class collections in our university library.

“The grant has allowed us to upgrade and refurbish our equipment in Kelvin Hall. It will help consolidate our world-class research capability and teaching resources, as well as being a catalyst for further interdisciplinary research, care and access to cultural heritage in and outwith of own University collections."

(report courtesy University of Glasgow)