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Tobit Curteis trained in historic building environment and the conservation of wall paintings at the Courtauld Institute of Art, in conjunction with the Getty Conservation Institute. Since 1992 he has run a practice specialising in the diagnosis and control of environmental deterioration for historic buildings and collections, and the conservation of wall paintings and architectural surfaces.
He works in the UK and internationally for private and institutional clients, including English Heritage, the National Trust, Historic Royal Palaces, the Office of Public Works in the Republic of Ireland, Heritage Malta and the World Monument Fund. He is an external consultant for the Building Conservation and Research Team at Historic England and is the National Trust's Advisor on historic wall paintings. Recent projects include investigations into the environmental deterioration and control at Hampton Court Palace, Knole House, the cathedrals of Coventry, York, Durham, St Paul’s and Westminster Abbey, and the Hypogeum Hal Saflini in Malta, as well as numerous domestic buildings and churches.
Tobit Curteis is accredited by the Institute of Conservation (ACR), is a fellow of the International Institute of Conservation (FIIC) a fellow of the Society of Antiquaries (FSA) and a corresponding member of the Cathedral Architects Association (CAA). He is a member of the Fabric Advisory Committee for Rochester Cathedral and the Stained Glass Conservation Committee for the Church Buildings Council. He regularly lectures and publishes on historic building environmental performance and architectural conservation and has recently co-authored the volume on Building Environment as part of the Historic England Practical Building Conservation series. Current and recent research projects include the development of the new guidelines on historic building environmental performance for the Heritage Lottery Fund and the new guidelines for the design and evaluation of archaeological shelters for the Getty Conservation Institute. He is currently writing the Research Transactions for Historic England on the design and performance of protective glazing for historic stained glass.
Tobit Curteis’ publications include numerous articles on the effect of building environment on historic structures, including diagnosis and control.
Lectures and education
Tobit Curteis regularly lectures to architects, surveyors and conservators on the diagnosis and control of environmental deterioration for buildings and collections.
He also lectures on building environment and the conservation of wall paintings and architectural surfaces to the postgraduate students at the Courtauld Institute of Art at the University of London, the Institute of Continuing Education at the University of Cambridge and the Architectural Association.
Current and recent projects include:
Westminster Abbey, London, UK: Environmental monitoring and research project to support the development of the new Queen Elizabeth Diamond Jubilee Gallery and to advise on the design of environmental control measures. Client: The Dean and Chapter of Westminster Abbey
St Paul’s Cathedral, London, UK: Environmental Monitoring and research project to support the development of the Wren Library for public access and to develop strategies for environmental control and passive conservation. Client: The Dean and Chapter of St Paul’s Cathedral
Durham Cathedral, UK: Environmental monitoring and research project to support the development of the new Open Treasures Exhibition and to advise on the design of environmental control measures. Client: The Dean and Chapter of Durham Cathedral
Lindisfarne Castle, UK: Environmental survey and research project to characterise and control the deterioration of the historic fabric and collection. Client: The National Trust
Coventry Cathedral, UK: Environmental survey and research project to characterise and control the deterioration of the 1962 tapestry of Christ in Majesty by Graham Sutherland. Client: The Dean and Chapter of Coventry Cathedral
Canterbury Cathedral, UK: Diagnostic environmental research programme to establish the underlying causes of deterioration of the archives, monuments, and stained glass and to develop control measures. Client: the Dean and Chapter of Canterbury Cathedral
The Chinese Palace, Oranienbaum, Russia: Diagnostic environmental monitoring and research programme to determine the effect of the extremely unstable weather conditions on the condition of the fabric and artefacts in Catherine the Great’s first palace. Training provided for the conservation staff in monitoring and software usage. Client: The World Monuments Fund
Hypogeum Hal Saflini, Malta: Environmental monitoring and investigation to control the deterioration of the stonework and paintings in the underground megalithic temple and World Heritage site. Client: Heritage Malta
York Minster, UK: Research programme to identify and control the environmental causes of deterioration affecting the 12th century architectural stonework in the crypt and cathedral. Client: the Dean and Chapter of York Minster