This project aims to address conservation issues of decorated architectural surfaces at Herculanuem through a pilot project to study and conserve the decorated architectural surfaces in the tablinum of the House of the Bicentenary through background research, environmental monitoring and climate improvement strategies, scientific study, preventive and remedial treatment planning, testing, implementation, post-treatment monitoring, and maintenance. In addition, the project aims to inform the conservation of decorated surfaces in the Vesuvian region, which show similar problems as a result of burial by the 79 CE eruption of Vesuvius and subsequent excavation and past restorations. Read more

Background Research

Conducting literature review and figurative scene survey

Environmental Monitoring & Climate Improvement Strategies

Determining input of temperature and RH on wall paintings

Scientific Study

Undertaking technical study and diagnostic investigation


Carrying out comprehensive documentation of decorated surfaces in tablinum

Conservation Planning & Implementation

Designing a conservation plan

Post-Treatment Monitoring & Maintenance

Assessing effectiveness of conservation measures

Scientific Investigation 2008–2011

Understanding conditions of excavated archaeological material

Related Materials

Project report, articles, and presentations

Getty Conservation Institute Council
The Herculaneum project is supported through the generosity of the Getty Conservation Institute Council.

Page updated: November 2017