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, specialising in the material composition of objects and researching solutions for their conservation.

Prior to joining The National Archives, Lora was a Conservation Science Researcher at Tate, where she worked on the Nanorestart project. This research focused on the evaluation of 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 gel materials that could be used for the surface cleaning of 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.

Lora is currently on the organising committee and for the upcoming Gels in Conservation Conference.

A radio interview on her work can be heard here.


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, R. G. Weiss and B. H. Berrie, ‘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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