After completing a BA in Fine Art painting Kirsten Walsh went on to work as a scenic artist at the National Theatre and in the West End and Film Industry. In the course of this work she was often required to reproduce historical paint finishes and enjoyed researching original techniques to gain an understanding of methods and materials. As a result she became aware of the importance of a scientific approach in the preservation of cultural heritage. To this end she embarked on a course of study with a view to working in the field of conservation/restoration. Kirsten would have been unable to undertake this study without the help of QEST in paying her fees.
During the course of her studies Kirsten has had the opportunity to work on many exciting conservation projects including work at Westminster Abbey, St Paul’s Cathedral and the Charterhouse. Kirsten is currently completing an internship with The Royal Collection in the Gilding and Decorative surfaces departments. Kirsten will complete her 3rd year of study in 2015 and will be working on a scientific research project on materials and techniques of rare17th century frames at Knole House.