Dr Lora Angelova

  • Position: Conservation Scientist
  • Specialism: Chemistry, Heritage science
  • lora.angelova@nationalarchives.gsi.gov.uk

Lora is a Conservation Scientist in the Collection Care Department, where she works with conservators on designing conservation strategies for the wide range of materials in our collection and on analysing their chemical composition.

Prior to joining The National Archives, Lora was a Conservation Science Researcher at Tate, where she worked on the Nanorestart project, evaluating nanotechnology-based cleaning systems designed to tackle the challenging treatments of modern and contemporary art.

In 2013, Lora received a PhD in chemistry from Georgetown University and the National Gallery of Art, Washington DC, for her research on the design and application of polymer gels for surface cleaning heritage materials. Following her move to the UK as a Newton International Fellow she completed a year of research at the Melville Laboratory for Polymer Synthesis at the University of Cambridge, and a year at the Material Studies Laboratory, Department of History of Art, UCL.

Alongside her work at The National Archives, Lora also contributes to the conservation science field as a book editor and conference organiser; she also leads workshops and consults on complex cleaning treatments. You can learn more about her work through this podcast and the National Heritage Science Forum (NHSF) blog.


R. Hendrickx, L. V. Angelova, et al. ‘The distribution of moisture in reconstructed oil paintings on canvas during absorption and drying: a neutron radiography and NMR study’ Studies in Conservation, (2016), advance press.

L. V. Angelova, B. Ormsby and E. Richardson, ‘Diffusion of Water from a Range of Conservation Treatment Gels into Paint Films Studied by Unilateral NMR: Part I: Acrylic Emulsion Paint’, Microchemical Journal, 124 (2015), pp. 311-320

L.V. Angelova, B.H. Berrie, K. de Ghetaldi, A. Kerr and R.G. Weiss, ‘Partially hydrolyzed poly(vinyl acetate)-borax based gel-like materials for conservation of art: Characterization and applications’, Studies in Conservation, 60 (2015), pp. 227-244

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