Paintings conservation and restoration in Newcastle upon Tyne.


Rory Johnson is a member of ICON (The institute of conservation), BAPCR (British association of paintings conservators and restorers) and the IIC (International institute of conservation).

Previous clients range from private collections and individuals through to institutions/historic houses such as; The National Trust, Raby Castle, Lowther Estate, Newcastle University, Tyne and Wear Archives and Museums,.


2009 - 2011: MA Conservation of Fine Art (Easel Paintings Specialism), Northumbria University.

2005 - 2008: BA (Hons) Fine Art, Liverpool John Moores University.

2004-2005: B-tec foundation qualification in Art and Design, Newcastle College.

Positions Held:

2011 - Present: Freelance Painting Conservation.

Dec 2012 - Oct 2013: Conservation Officer, Tyne and Wear Archives and Museums, Laing Art Gallery. Maternity Cover contract within the paintings conservation dept. 

Jan 2012 - Apr 2012: Assistant Conservation Officer, Tyne and Wear Archives and Museums, Laing Art Gallery. Paintings conservation dept.

Video courtesy of Tyne and Wear Archives and Museums

Apr 2014 - Jun 2014 
Nov 2013 - Dec 2013
Sep 2012 - Dec 2012:   

Painting and Restoration Studio, Glasgow: Assistant paintings conservator; Working with senior paintings conservator; Brian McLaughlin ACR. 

​Jun/July 2012, Dec 2012, Apr 2013 : 'Scottish Wall Paintings'. For a number of years since qualifying I have been fortunate enough to work with 'Scottish Wall Paintings', a private wall paintings conservation business based in Scotland on a number of projects involving the conservation and preservation of wall paintings, ceilings and decorative surfaces. 

These projects include; 

Newbattle Abbey - Dalkieth,
Private House - Kinross,

Abbotsford House - Galashiels, the ancestral home of Walter Scott. 

McEwan Hall - University of Edinburgh.

  • Jun/July2011: Scottish National Portrait Gallery - Conservation of William Holes Murals, ceiling and a decorative frieze in the great hall. Working as part of a large international student team under the guidance of 'Scottish Wall Paintings'.  Please see link youtube link below:

Video courtesy of National Galleries of Scotland

Jan/Feb 2011: Alnwick Castle, Northumberland: Working with established Paintings Conservator Susan Vietch on the conservation of a number of picture frames and a fireplace in the state dining room of the castle.

Summer 2010: National Conservation Centre, Liverpool: Student placement working in the paintings conservation dept.