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 Sam Johnson BA (Hons), MSc

Sam Johnson

BA (Hons), MSc

Research student, Conservation, School of History, Archaeology and Religion


Research interests

  • Historic buildings
  • architecture
  • heating methods (historic to present)
  • materials science (wood)
  • environmental monitoring (temperature and humidity).


Functional Fires in Historic Buildings, What Cost VE?

The thesis will look not only at how open fires aid visitor experience in historic buildings, but also how they impact upon the environmental parameters within the conservation envelope. Working with The National Museum of Wales, experimentation in historic buildings will provide environmental data, this will be reproduced in the laboratory with material samples being tested. From this scientific data, it is hoped a more detailed understanding of the impact of open fires will be made.

Funding source

AHRC funded



Professor David Watkinson

Professor of Conservation, Head of Archaeology and Conservation and Deputy Head of School


Dr Nicola Emmerson

Senior Lecturer in Conservation, Lead in Safety, Health and Environment and Facilities, Lead in Digital Strategy