David Park

David Park, MA


  • Strand, Somerset House

    WC2R 0RN London

    United Kingdom

1980 …2015

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Personal profile


David Park was educated at Manchester University and the University of Cambridge. From 1980 to 1985 he was a Leverhulme Research Fellow at The Courtauld Institute of Art, undertaking the National Survey of Medieval Wall Painting, of which he remains the Coordinator. Since 1985, he has been Director of the Conservation of Wall Painting Department, which he established with Sharon Cather.

In 2001 David was a Visiting Professor in the History of Art, Université Paris 1, Panthéon-Sorbonne, and was the lead researcher for an exhibition on medieval polychrome sculpture at the Henry Moore Institute (Leeds) in 2002-03. He organised The Courtauld’s 2009 conference ‘A Rajput Pleasure Palace: the Art of Nagaur in Context’, featuring one of the Conservation of Wall Painting Department’s current projects in India . He has been Chairman of the Paintings Committee of the Council for the Care of Churches, and is a Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries and of the International Institute for Conservation.

David is also Director of The Robert H. N. Ho Family Foundation Centre for Buddhist Art and Conservation at The Courtauld, including its MA programme and related events such as the Buddhist Art Forum of 2012 (published in 2013 as Art of Merit: Studies in Buddhist Art and Conservation). His art-historical publications focus mainly on western medieval art, the most recent co-authored book – Wall Paintings of Eton – being awarded the 2013 William M. B. Berger Prize for British Art History.

Research interests

  • Medieval wall painting, especially in England and France
  • Medieval art in northern England
  • Asian wall painting
  • Buddhist art



  • Fellow, International Institute for Conservation (FIIC) 


  • Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts (FRSA)
  • Fellow, Salzburg Seminar on the Preservation of Art and Architecture 


  • Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries of London (FSA) 

Other Appointments

  • Thornham Parva Retable Advisory Committee, 1999-2003
  • Houghton-on-the-Hill Expert Advisory Panel, 1998-2006
  • English Heritage, Polychrome Stone Audit Project Team, 1998-2000
  • Council for the Care of Churches, Paintings Committee (Chairman), 1996-2006
  • Council for the Care of Churches/English Heritage Joint Committee on Contents, 1993-2007
  • British Archaeological Association, Council, 1993-96
  • Medieval Dress and Textile Society Committee, 1991-96
  • Chichester Diocesan Advisory Committee, Wall Paintings Advisor, 1990-
  • Winchester Cathedral, Fabric Advisory Committee, 1990-96
  • Textile Conservation Centre, Board of Studies, 1990-96
  • Society of Antiquaries of London, Morris Fund Committee, 1988-2001
  • Courtauld Institute/Council for the Care of Churches, International Working Party on the Conservation of Wall Painting (Co-Chair), 1988-96
  • Canterbury Cathedral Wallpaintings Advisory Committee, 1987-90
  • International Council of Museums, Mural Painting Working Group, 1986-95
  • Royal Academy of Arts, Age of Chivalry exhibition selection committee, 1983-87
  • Council for the Care of Churches, Wallpaintings Sub-committee, 1980-91


  • MA in the Conservation of Wall Painting
  • MA in Buddhist Art: History and Conservation

PhD Students


  • Sanjay Dhar, ‘Assessing and Managing Risks to Buddhist Wall Paintings in Ladakh’, supervised with Professor Deborah Swallow
  • Sreekumar Menon, ‘Early Period Buddhist Wall Paintings of Ladakh from the 11th to the Early 13thCentury: Materials, Techniques and Conservation Issues’, supervised with Prof. Sharon Cather
  • Jane Spooner, ‘Royal Wall Paintings in England in the Second Half of the Fourteenth Century’, supervised with Professor Paul Crossley

Recently completed

  • James Cameron, ‘Sedilia in Medieval England’, supervised with Prof. Joanna Cannon
  • Jessica Barker, ‘Monuments and Marriage in Late-Medieval England, 1300-1500’, supervised with Prof. John Lowden (2014)
  • Michael Carter, ‘The Art and Architecture of the Cistercians in Northern England in the Late Middle Ages, c.1300-1539’ (2013)
  • Géraldine Victoir, ‘Gothic Wall Painting in Picardy, ca.1250-ca.1350, supervised with Prof. Paul Crossley (2010)
  • Mellie Naydenova-Slade, ‘Images of the Holy Kinship in England, c.1170 to c.1525’, supervised with Prof. Paul Crossley (2008)
  • Jun Zheng, ‘Conservation at Heritage Sites: A Critical Review and Case Studies’ (2008)


  • Leeds, Henry Moore Institute: Wonder: Painted Sculpture from Medieval England, co-curator, 2002-03 

External positions

Université Paris I, Panthéon-Sorbonne


National Survey of Medieval Wall Painting

1980 → …


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