BAPCR Conference 2020: (British Association of Paintings Conservator-Restorers)

Visit us at the BAPCR Conference 2020: “Tales Of The Unexpected” In Conservation on Friday 31st January 2020 at The Wallace Collection in London.

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BAPCR 2020

BAPCR 2020 is a one day conference organised by the British Association of Paintings Conservator-Restorers. The event is held once every three years, focussing on a theme.

The conference provides a platform for those working in art conservation and restoration to share and discuss considerations relating to their research and experience.

The theme of the 2020 conference is “Tales of the Unexpected”.

Tales of the Unexpected

New and unexpected discoveries are often made during the course of conservation; sometimes unusual for the artist or period:

  • Unorthodox support or priming
  • Surprising use of a pigment, medium or coating
  • Non-original materials, coatings or additions by a previous conservator/restorer

As well as conservation challenges, sometimes these discoveries have significant implications in terms of art history and ethics.

Technical analysis is often part of this process, especially in museums and galleries. Imaging techniques such as micro-XRF mapping can help reveal and explain unexpected layers, changes in composition and artists’ reworkings. Scientific analysis can also provide information about the materials used, to inform decisions about the conservation process.

Discoveries about unusual materials and previous restorations can alter the course of conservation treatments (strategies, materials or equipment). To reach an appropriate ethical decision, it can be necessary for art historians, heritage professionals, stakeholders and sometimes even the artists themselves to collaborate and work together.

Micro-XRF element mapping of a painting
Micro-XRF is a non-destructive technique for mapping elements used in pigments – more info

Submit a Paper

Present your work at the conference by submitting a paper on the theme of “the unexpected” in conservation:

  • Practical strategies
  • Technical analysis
  • Related art historical and ethical issues

This covers paintings from any period or country of origin.

There will be 15 minute talks so you can present short case studies of treatments and shorter topics, as well as longer 25 minute papers.

How to Submit

Submit your abstracts of 400 words or less for consideration by the Selection Panel to Gemma Collins (BAPCR secretary) at The deadline is 1st May 2019.

Please specify your talk length (15 or 25 minutes), title, author’s name(s), professional titles, affiliations and include an author biography of no more than 250 words. For multiple authors, please list them all and include an email address for each. Only one submission from each primary author will be considered.

Submitted papers will be published as a post-print. First drafts will be required by March 2020.


BAPCR will be on Friday 31st January 2020 at The Wallace Collection in London. For now, save the date and mark it on your calendar.

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The conference will be at The Wallace Collection in London:

Micro-XRF in Art Conservation

Come and see us at BAPCR 2020 to find out about micro-XRF mapping can be used to analyse paintings, and possibly reveal unexpected or hidden details!



  • Large area micro-XRF for museums and galleries
  • Fast, non-destructive element mapping and analysis
  • Convenient portable rig
  • Scan vertically or horizontally
Bruker ELIO Manuscript
Elemental distribution maps reveal hidden details that were later painted over. Taken with the Bruker ELIO.

Further Information

Blue Scientific is the official distributor of Bruker Micro-XRF in the UK and Nordic region. We’re available to answer all your questions – just get in touch:

 Contact us on +44 (0)1223 422 269 or

 Micro-XRF in art conservation