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Research interests

My interests cover a few areas all surrounding conservation of cultural heritage. I have interests in historic building materials, their decay and conservation; understanding mechanisms and pathways of deterioration and assessing novel methods of averting lasting damage. I have an interest in biopolymers, understanding their molecular structure and how this provides mechanical strength and durability, and their decay pathways through the actions of time and external factors.

Biography

Craig Kennedy received a degree in biochemistry from the University of  Stirling and a PhD in structural biophysics from Cardiff University,  examining the deterioration of collagen within historic parchments. This work married high-end scientific analysis (synchrotron radiation,  neutron scattering, etc.) with the practical needs of conservators  working on ancient documents. Further work at Cardiff included  examination of the structure of cellulose microfibrils from wood and higher plants such as celery, sugar beet, tunicin and flax, as well as analysis of historical materials such as silk, paper, leather and glass. The  effects of cleaning and repairs on historical materials was a major feature of this work.

Dr Kennedy joined Historic Scotland in 2006 and became Head of Science in early 2007 and Senior Conservation Scientist in 2011. As well as managing the science unit, Craig has supervised research internships, and co-supervised a number of studentships with Universities in to areas relating to historic building deterioration. The research carried out during this time included on-site analysis of Historic Scotland's Properties in Care as well as supporting and carrying out fundamental research in to building material decay and conservation.

Dr Kennedy was a member of the UK National Heritage Science Strategy steering committee (2008-2010) and member of the National Heritage Science Forum transition board (2012-13), an Observer to the Icon Scotland Group (2007-2013), a member of the British Standards committee B/560 Conservation of Tangible Cultural Heritage (2007-2013), and an Observer to the Scottish Government CAMERAS board (2010-2012).

In August 2013 Craig joined Heriot Watt University's School of the Built Environment as a Senior Lecturer. Current research includes analysis of historic glass and timber, with continuing interest in the utilisation of science as part of the conservation process.

Research Group Contact Details

Craig's current research group consists of:

Helen Spencer, PhD student studying medieval Scottish window glass [hms1@hw.ac.uk]

Caitlyn Phipps, PhD student studying historic window glass in situ [cep1@hw.ac.uk]

Ilnaz Ashayeri, PhD student studying historic timber [ia24@hw.ac.uk]

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Research Output

Chemical and Mechanical Differences between Historic and Modern Scots Pine Wood

Hudson-McAulay, K., Kennedy, C. J. & Jarvis, M. C., 24 Feb 2020, In : Heritage. 3, 1, p. 116-127 12 p.

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  • Building materials information sheet 7: Stained glass

    Kennedy, C. J., Feb 2019, Built Environment Journal, p. 62 1 p.

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  • Building materials information sheet 9: Structural timber

    Kennedy, C. J., 1 Jun 2019, Built Environment Journal, p. 62 1 p.

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    18th- and 19th-Century Scottish Laboratory Glass: Assessment of Chemical Composition in Relation to Form and Function

    Kennedy, C. J., Addyman, T., Murdoch, K. R. & Young, M. E., 27 Sep 2018, In : Journal of Glass Studies. 60, p. 253-267 15 p.

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  • Activities

    Sustainability (Journal)

    Craig J. Kennedy (Editorial board member)
    31 Jan 2020

    Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial workPublication peer-review

    Journal of Cultural Heritage (Journal)

    Craig J. Kennedy (Editorial board member)
    14 Mar 2019

    Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial workPublication peer-review

    Sustainability (Journal)

    Craig J. Kennedy (Editorial board member)
    29 Aug 2019

    Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial workPublication peer-review

    External PhD Examiner

    Craig J. Kennedy (Examiner)
    16 Dec 2019

    Activity: ExaminationExternal Examiner

    Heritage (Journal)

    Craig J. Kennedy (Editorial board member)
    1 Jul 2019 → …

    Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial workEditorial activity

    Press / Media

    Glass Act in the Dating Game

    Craig J Kennedy

    1/01/13

    1 Media contribution

    Press/Media: Research

    Conservation and traditional materials

    Craig J Kennedy

    1/01/12

    1 Media contribution

    Press/Media: Research

    Climate change predictions

    Craig J Kennedy

    1/01/12

    1 Media contribution

    Press/Media: Research