Eric Hagan

Conservation Scientist, Preservation Services Division

Main areas of work and/or specializations

  • museum environment;
  • lighting;
  • anoxic display; and
  • mechanics of artist materials.


Eric Hagan

Eric Hagan is a Conservation Scientist in the Preservation Services Division at the Canadian Conservation Institute (CCI). He holds a Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering from Imperial College London, which was funded by the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC) and a Tate doctoral fellowship to study the mechanical properties of artists' acrylic paints. Prior to his doctorate, he completed a Master's of Art Conservation at Queen's University in the science program.

His research interests at CCI relate to the effects of environmental factors on museum objects, and optimal methods for preserving collections. His current projects focus on the mechanics of artist materials, as well as light-emitting diode (LED) lighting, and low-oxygen display. He applies an engineering approach to conservation issues, often designing and constructing custom equipment necessary for experimental work. Eric frequently offers lectures on museum lighting through CCI workshops, with a focus on issues related to LED retrofitting.

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