Dr Lucia Burgio is Lead Scientist at the Victoria and Albert Museum, London.
She has been at the V&A since 2000 and now manages the Science laboratory, guiding the scientific analysis and technical examination of museum objects. Her primary interests include traditional pigments, artists’ materials, and Asian and American lacquer. She assists the Museum’s curators and conservators in the examination and understanding of the objects, providing information on materials and techniques, manufacture, history and possible dating. She provides guidance and expertise in the development of scientific research at the V&A and other institutions.
Lucia obtained her BSc and MSc in Chemistry from the University of Palermo, Italy, and her PhD in Chemistry from University College London.
She is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry and an Honorary Research Fellow at the Department of Chemistry, UCL; she is the chair of the AMC Heritage Science Expert Working Group, Royal Society of Chemistry, using her position to promote the role and importance of analytical science in the cultural heritage sector and disseminate heritage science to various audiences