This blog is intended as a (by no means complete) record of my research process. The posts will include conferences, summer schools, symposia and other events attended during this process with topics ranging from the art historical to the digital. In addition to this there will be many posts related to the exploration of historic interiors, with a strong bias towards houses in varying degrees of grandeur. I try to use my own photography whenever possible, and hope that I’ve signposted when I’ve used archive or creative commons material.

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Currently I’m pursuing a PhD within the Digital Building Heritage Group at De Montfort University in Leicester. Interpreting multi layered interiors is often complex, and using this interpretation for public engagement can be a challenge. Digital reconstructions offer a lot of potential for interpretation, but as a developing field there is still a lack of a rigorous methodology. By using experience from the field of heritage conservation it is hoped for that such a methodology might grow out of this research.

The research will focus on domestic interiors, especially country houses. As these houses have many challenges regarding accessibility and engagement there is a lot of potential for digital interpretation of these sites. The primary case study for this research project will be Boughton House in Northamptonshire.



Jonathan Gration portrait photoAfter a degree in Art History, specialising in Historic Interiors from Leiden University I completed my MA in Conservation & Restoration of Historic Interiors at the University of Amsterdam. In the past I’ve worked for the Limburg Conservation Institute (SRAL), several well known mueums and institutions and as an independent researcher and conservator of interiors. Past areas of special interest have included the analysis of Chinoiserie  in the Dutch interior, painted interiors of the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries and research. From 2008-2013 I was an assistant coordinator for the ICOM-CC Sculpture, Polychromy and Architectural Decoration working group, and I currently serve as a committee member for the Traditional Paint Forum. You can find my university profile here.