The 9th International Round Table on Polychromy in Ancient Sculpture and Architecture was held at the British Museum in London from 9-10 November 2018.

The meeting, hosted by the Department of Greece and Rome and the Department of Scientific Research, took place in the British Museum’s Stevenson Lecture Theatre. It was open primarily to members of the International Polychromy Network and to colleagues from co-operating institutions but, also welcomed curators, scientists, conservators and students to whom the subject is of interest.

In the tradition of previous round tables (see Past Meetings), it provided an excellent opportunity for experts from a wide range of fields (archaeologists, art historians, scientists, conservators, other museum professionals) to discuss new research in a stimulating interdisciplinary setting. Contributions from suitably diverse perspectives were encouraged and covered many aspects of polychromy in ancient sculpture and architecture, including; investigative techniques, ancient pigments, ancient painting techniques and craftsmanship, conservation aspects, as well as reconstruction and display. The main focus was on the Classical world.

Call for papers

The call for papers is now closed.


The final programme and abstracts for the meeting are now online and available for download here


Registration for the meeting is now CLOSED.

For further information please contact:


Thorsten Opper, Senior Curator, Department of Greece and Rome

Joanne Dyer, Scientist, Department of Scientific Research

             Technical studies of an oinochoe in the form of a female head, with a figure of Niké added above (British Museum Registration number; 1846,0925.26.a). 

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