Sibylla Tringham

Former affiliations
  • Strand, Somerset House

    WC2R 0RN London

    United Kingdom


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Personal profile


Sibylla was appointed lecturer in wall painting conservation at The Courtauld in 2015. During the previous decade, she supervised major field programmes for The Courtauld at Nagaur (India) and Valletta (Malta), and held a part-time appointment as visiting lecturer. In addition to lecturing, she supervises and teaches on international projects in Bhutan, China, Cyprus, Georgia, and for the Leon Levy Foundation Centre for Conservation Studies at Nagaur (India).

Following an MA in History of Art at Edinburgh University, she received her Courtauld MA in Conservation of Wall Painting in 2004, and took up a Graduate Internship in Field Projects at the Getty Conservation Institute. Sibylla has served on the Department’s International Advisory Board since 2011 and is a Fellow of the International Institute for Conservation.

Sibylla is in the final stages of completing her PhD in Conservation on assessing methods for visualising consolidants in painted lime plaster. This research investigates field and laboratory methods for determining the distribution of organic and inorganic consolidants in painted lime plaster. Other research interests lie in environmental causes of deterioration and passive approaches to their amelioration, and imaging techniques.

Research interests

  • Consolidation of decohesive paint layer and plasters
  • Environmental causes of deterioration and passive approaches to their mitigation
  • Imaging techniques for conservation
  • Remedial approaches to wall painting conservation



  • John S. Cohen, Edmond J. Safra, and Weinstock Fund. Scholarships for tuition fees and partial maintenance.


  • Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC). Full Doctoral Award for tuition fees and maintenance. However, due to previous AHRC award, funding was provided for only 14 months. 


  • Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC). Full Postgraduate Award 2001-2004 for tuition fees and maintenance.

Professional Affiliations

  • International Institute for Conservation 

  • ICON (Institute of Conservation) 

  • ICOM (International  Council of MuseumsCommittee for Conservation)


  • MA in Conservation of Wall Painting

Education/Academic qualification

'The distribution of consolidants in painted plaster', The Courtauld Institute of Art


'Characterising the deposition of acrylic resins in painted lime plaster', The Courtauld Institute of Art


Edinburgh University


External positions

The Getty Conservation Institute

Sept 2004Sept 2005


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