Spike is Director of Research at the Hamilton Kerr Institute, University of Cambridge, where he also teaches post-graduate courses. His QEST Scholarship helped him undertake a PhD at Cambridge, supervised by the historian of colour, John Gage. This has enabled him to integrate the academic and craft worlds in conservation.
Spike has overseen work on England’s oldest altarpiece (the Westminster Retable) and its best preserved altarpiece (the Thornham Parva Retable). He has written and edited a number of books on the craft of the medieval painter and also intends to research and write about the craft of painting in the seventeenth, eighteenth and nineteenth century Britain.