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Dr Jane Colbourne

Senior Lecturer

Department: Arts

Jane Colbourne , Senior Lecturer In Conservation , Northumbria UniversityJane Colbourne graduated from the Gateshead Programme (now Northumbria University) in the Conservation of Works of Art on Paper in 1987. She worked for several years for the Durban and Johannesburg Art Gallery’s in South Africa as a Paper Conservator before joining the Tate Gallery in London.

In 1994 she joined Northumbria University as Senior lecturer in the Conservation of Fine Art, specialising in works of art on paper teaching across both first and second year cohorts. In 2011 she received her PhD on the materials and techniques of an early 20th century artist Charles Henry Sims RA (1873-1928) a leading Edwardian painter who represented a neglected body of British artists who were responding to and assimilating certain new tendencies within early modernism.

Other qualifications include Foundation Studies in Art and Design (Leicester Polytechnic, 1980) BA (Hons.) in Fine Art (Belfast College of Art, 1983) and a PG-CUTL in University Teaching and Learning (1996), a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (2009) and an Accredited Member of The Institute of Conservation (ICON) since June 2001. She has also served as a HEFC Moderator and for three years on ICON’s Professional Accreditation Committee.

In addition to teaching, research and her current position as Programme Leader she regularly delivers professional workshops both home and abroad on various topics related to conservation and the history of artist materials. She is also currently a key collaborator of the Northumbria Paper Studio (PSN) developed to further research into the scholarship of paper in relation to fine art, conservation, archiving and the practice of papermaking and drawing. This is a unique facility both nationally and international in the context, expertise and focus that it provides.

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Northumbria University
001 Burt Hall, Northumberland Road
Newcastle upon Tyne


  • Conservation of Painting PhD December 01 2012
  • Other Qualification January 29 2010
  • PGCUTL June 30 1996
  • Conservation of Painting PGDip September 01 1994
  • Fine Art BA (Hons) June 29 1983
  • BTEC Foundation June 27 1980
  • Fellow (FHEA) Higher Education Academy (HEA) 2010

Key Publications

  • Please visit the Pure Research Information Portal for further information
  • A Preliminary Investigation Into the Use of Diethylenetriaminepentaacetic Acid (DTPA), and Ethylenediaminetetraacetic Acid (EDTA) to Treat Foxing of Paper Objects., Prestowitz, B., Theodorakopoulos, C., Colbourne, J. 17 May 2016
  • El blanqueo solar aplicado a la restauración del documento gráfico (solar bleaching applied to the restoration of graphical documents), Feliz-Oliver, L., Colbourne, J. Feb 2016, Conservación de Arte Contemporáneo. 17ª Jornada, Madrid, Spain, Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía
  • The development of Northumbria University collections, materials and conservation research archive, Theodorakopoulos, C., Colbourne, J. 2016, In: Journal of the Institute of Conservation
  • Modern machine–made washi and the implications for contemporary conservation practice, Colbourne, J., Hori, M. 13 Jul 2015, In: Journal of the Institute of Conservation
  • A critical survey of the materials and techniques of Charles Henry Sims RA (1873-1928) with special reference to egg tempera media and works of art on paper, Colbourne, J. Sep 2011
  • Printed on paper: the techniques, history and conservation of printed media, Colbourne, J., Fisherman Snyder, R. 1 Aug 2009
  • The removal of natural resin varnishes from hand-coloured oil printed media, Colbourne, J., Singer, B. 2009, Research in book and paper conservation in Europe : a state of the art, Vienna, Verlag Berger Horn

PGR Supervision

  • Caroline Ali Interpolation in Fine Art Drawing: An investigation of drawing informed by strategies for retouching in Conservation of Fine Art works on paper. Start: 31/03/2015
  • Vanessa Johnson Ultraviolet-Induced Fluorescence and Photo-degradation in Zinc Oxide Water-colour Paints Start: 13/02/2017


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