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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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cellulose Agriculture & Biology
glass Earth & Environmental Sciences
Collagen Medicine & Life Sciences
collenchyma Agriculture & Biology
lime Earth & Environmental Sciences
hydrogen bonding Agriculture & Biology
cell walls Agriculture & Biology
X-radiation Agriculture & Biology

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Research Output 2002 2019

Building materials information sheet 7: Stained glass

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

Research output: Contribution to specialist publicationArticle

Open Access
Stained Glass
Resurgence
Abbeys
Reformation
Cathedrals

Building materials information sheet 9: Structural timber

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

Research output: Contribution to specialist publicationArticle

Open Access

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.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Glass
Chemical analysis
Strontium
Calcium
Iron
Open Access
File
manufacturing
glass
chemical
waste glass
X-ray fluorescence

Compositional analysis by p-XRF and SEM-EDX of medieval window glass from Elgin Cathedral, Northern Scotland

Spencer, H. M., Murdoch, K. R., Buckman, J., Forster, A. M. & Kennedy, C. J., Oct 2018, In : Archaeometry. 60, 5, p. 1018-1035 18 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Energy dispersive spectroscopy
Glass
Scanning electron microscopy
Paint
Chemical analysis

Activities 2012 2019

Heritage (Journal)

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

Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial workEditorial activity

Sustainability (Journal)

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

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

Heritage Science (Journal)

Craig J. Kennedy (Editorial board member)
18 May 2018

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

Sustainability (Journal)

Craig J. Kennedy (Editorial board member)
1 May 201831 Jan 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

Climate change predictions

Craig J. Kennedy

1/01/12

1 media contribution

Press/Media: Research

Conservation and traditional materials

Craig J. Kennedy

1/01/12

1 media contribution

Press/Media: Research