Emma’s QEST Scholarship enabled her to complete conservation training at UCL. She graduated from the programme with distinction in September 2013 and was awarded the Ione Gedye Prize for outstanding practical work in archaeological conservation. She went on to complete her PhD at UCL, focusing on examination of plaster casts of ancient Greek and Roman sculptures.
Emma is currently based at King’s College London, where she holds a Leverhulme Early Career Fellowship in the Department of Classics for her project ‘The Evolution of Technology and the Interpretation of Classical Sculpture’. This research focuses on assessing the relationship between techniques of reproducing sculpture and how sculpture has been interpreted and valued. As part of this project, she is organising a conference at the British Academy, bringing together practising sculptors and scholars of ancient sculpture to explore the role of plaster as a sculptural material.