Ms Jennifer Porter

Ms Jennifer Porter

Ms Jennifer Porter

 B.A.(Hons)(Ann Arbor),M.A.(Courtauld)

Assistant Lecturer

Room 208
Built Environment Building
University of Malta
  +356 2340 2855
Jennifer Herrick Porter is a wall painting conservator and Assistant Lecturer in the Department of Conservation and Built Heritage at the University of Malta, where she coordinates, lectures and directs student field projects for the MSc course in the Conservation of Decorative Architectural Surfaces. Currently she is leading the Department's project to conserve the 16th C Matteo Pérez d'Aleccio 'Great Siege' wall painting cycle in the Grand Master's Palace in Valletta.

After obtaining an undergraduate degree in Medieval and Renaissance Studies at the University of Michigan (Ann Arbor), Porter studied for a MA in the Conservation of Wall Paintings from the Courtauld Institute of Art in London. Since 2007, she has worked with institutions such as the Courtauld Institute of Art (UK), Instituto Nacional de Antropología e Historia (Mexico) and the Getty Conservation Institute (USA) on field conservation and research projects in the Americas, the Middle East, Europe and Asia, including at sites such as the Tomb of Tutankhamen in Luxor, Egypt.

Porter enjoys applying her real-world experience in the field, as a freelance conservator and researcher, to the development of a relevant and stimulating teaching program for future wall painting conservators.
  • Technology of wall paintings
  • Plaster materials and performance
  • Causes of deterioration of wall paintings
  • Materials and methods of remedial interventions
  • Conservation education
  • Conservation of archaeological sites

CACHIA, C., SPITERI, M. and PORTER, J., 2020. On the origins of Palazzo De La Salle, Valletta, Malta: archival evidence for the archaeology of a building Arkivju: Journal of the National Archives of Malta, (11), pp. 3-24.

PORTER, J.H., PASIAN, C., DE ANGELIS, R. and DEBONO, N., 2020. Cleaning of oil-on-stone wall paintings: lessons learned from easel painting conservation. Studies in Conservation, 65(1), pp. 254-257.

PORTER, J.H., PASIAN, C. and SECCO, M., 2020. Diethyl oxalate-based microgrouts in calcium carbonate systems: formulation and application parameters. International Journal of Architectural Heritage, 14(7), pp. 1106-1119.

PORTER, J.H., PASIAN, C., SECCO, M., SALAMEH, M. and DEBONO, N., 2019. Diethyl oxalate-based microgrouts in calcium carbonate systems: formulation, field testing and mineralogical characterization, 5th Historic Mortars Conference (HMC 2019), RILEM Proceedings 2019, pp. 1291-1305.

PORTER, J. and CUTAJAR, N., 2017. Rediscovering 19th-20th Century Domestic Architectural Painting in Malta, 6th International Architectural Paint Research Conference 2017.

TANIGUCHI, Y., KOIZUMI, K., IBA, C., PORTER, J., ACIKGOZ, F. and GULYAZ, M.E., 2016. Scientific research for the conservation of the rock-hewn church of Uzumlu, Cappadocia, International Symposium of Excavations, Surveys and Archaeometry, Erzurum, 11-15 May 2015 2016, pp. 361-378.

WONG, L., BICER-SIMSIR, B., PORTER, J., RICKERBY, S. and EL-DIN M. SHARKAWI, A., 2016. Analytical challenges in the study of New Kingdom plasters from tombs in the Valley of the Queens, Luxor, Egypt, Proceedings of the 4th Historic Mortars Conference: HMC 2016 : 10th-12th October 2016, Santorini, Greece 2016, pp. 67-76.

MAZUREK, J. and PORTER, J., 2015. Use of ELISA in identifying proteins in the Tintori wall painting replicas. In: F. PIQUE and G. VERRI, eds, Organic Materials in Wall Paintings: Project Report. Los Angeles: Getty Conservation Institute, pp. 122-131.

PORTER, J.H. and CORDA, K., 2013. Account of an Informed Bat Exclusion at the Temple of Deir el-Shelwit, Luxor, Egypt. Conservation and Management of Archaeological Sites, 15(2), pp. 195-212.

GRIMALDI, D., PÉREZ, N. and PORTER, J., 2012. The preservation of sandstone reliefs at the archaeological site of Tajín, Mexico, using colloidal silica. 12th Int.Cong.on the Deterioration and Conservation of Stone, NY, USA, , pp. 11.

PARODI, L.E., PORTER, J.H., PREUSSER, F.D. and POZEILOV, Y., 2010. Tracing the History of a Mughal Album Page in the Los Angeles County Museum of Art.

PORTER, J.H. and MAZUREK, J., 2009. The effect of environmental deterioration on the ELISA analysis of organic media used in wall paintings, Research and Technical Studies Subgroup, American Institute for Conservation, 37th Annual Meeting, May 19-22, 2009 2009.

  • BLH5108 - Summer Conservation Placement
  • BLH5115 - Conservation Practicals