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Jonathan Gration

Job: Research Assistant - PhD Researcher

Faculty: Arts, Design and Humanities

School/department: Leicester School of Architecture

Address: De Montfort University, The Gateway, Leicester, LE1 9BH

T: +44 (0)116 2577620




Personal profile

After a degree in Art History, specialising in Historic Interiors from Leiden University Jonathan Gration completed an MA in Conservation & Restoration of Historic Interiors at the University of Amsterdam. He is currently pursuing a PhD at De Montfort University in Leicester. His research looks at the development of a pathway for digital heritage interpretations of historic interiors.

Interpreting multi layered interiors is often complex, and using this interpretation for public engagement can be a challenge. Digital reconstructions offer a lot of potential for interpretation, but as a developing field there is still a lack of a rigorous methodology. By using experience from the field of heritage conservation it is hoped for that such a methodology might grow out of this research.

The research will focus on domestic interiors, especially country houses. As these houses have many challenges regarding accessibility and engagement there is a lot of potential for digital interpretation of these sites. The primary case study for this research project will be Boughton House in Northamptonshire. 

Key research outputs

J. Gration, "Digital Anastylosis: developing a virtual conservation methodology for Historic Houses and Interiors", Conference proceedings Authenticity in the Conservation of Historic Houses and Palace-Museums, Palace of Compiègne and Palace of Versailles, October 2014, ICOM-DEMHIST/ARRE 2017. DOI

J.Gration, C. van Rappard, J.  Kerkhoff & J. Polak, “Closer to China; Porcelain, fans and interors”, Stichting Kasteel Heeswijk, 2014. (Exhibition catalogue)

C. Atkins, K. de Clippel, J. Gration, F. Vermeylen & A. Tummers,“Frans Hals, Eye to Eye with  Rembrandt, Rubens and Titian”, Nai010 publishers, 2013. (exhibition catalogue)

J. Gration, “Geschilderde Rijkdom, De regentenkamers van het Frans Hals museum en hun kleurrijke geschiedenis”, Halszaken 28, March 2011.

J. Gration, “De Haar Castle, a holistic approach to the conservation of a late nineteenth century “Gesamtkunstwerk”, ICOM-CC Preprints of the 15th Triennial Meeting, Delhi (India), 22-26 September 2008, James & James 2008.

L. Hendrikman, J. Gration & C. Junge, “On with Cuypers and Sturm”, exhibition Bonnefantenmuseum / Rijksmuseum Maastricht, 2007.(exhibition catalogue)

Research interests/expertise

Historic Interiors, Heritage, Digital Reconstructions, Conservation, Public Engagement, Country Houses, Restoration, Laser Scanning, 3D modelling, Architectural History.


2011- MA Conservation & Restoration of Cultural Heritage, specialist subject: Historic Interiors, University of Amsterdam.

Honours and awards

PhD Studentship, De Montfort University 

Membership of professional associations and societies

ICOM, CAA, Traditional Paint Forum, Furniture History Society

Conference attendance

4th Connected Communities Heritage Network Symposium

Presentation: "Immersive Interiors: deeveloping a pathway to explore layered histories in the House Museum." 

29th June, Leicester Castle, De Montfort University, Leicester

Untold Stories of the Country House A Conference at Doddington Hall

Presentation: "Which stories are left untold?Mapping the potential for Historic House Museum Narratives"

22nd March 2018, Doddington Hall, Lincoln

Are we trying hard enough? Making museums and historic houses relevant to audiences in the 21st century. 

Presentation: "What are we doing?Exploring how Historic House Museums engage the public with their layered histories."

14-18 Oct. 2017, Tower of London and Hampton Court Palace, UK

Postgraduate conference: Textual, Visual and Digital Cultures Conference

Presentation:Exploring the future of public engagement with Digital Historic Interiors”

21 Jul. 2016, Heritage House, De Montfort University, Leicester

1st Leicester School of Architecture PhD Symposium

Presentation: “Digital Anastylosis:”

21 Apr. 2016, Wellesley House, De Montfort University, Leicester

11th annual Research Degree Students' Poster Competition

Winner 1st Prize & Peer Review Prize

16 Mar. 2016, The Venue, De Montfort University, Leicester

Lambrequins & Luxury: Ornament in the time of Louis XIV and beyond

Presentation: “Ralph Montagu’s lost interiors; A digital reconstruction”

5 Dec. 2015, Victoria & Albert Museum, London

As good as old? Traditional Paint Forum Annual Conference

6 Nov. 2015, Geffrye Museum, London

Digital Heritage International Congress

Workshop: “Using Lumion for Heritage Visualisations”

28 Sept. – 2 Oct. 2015, Granada, Spain

Royal Collection Studies, The Attingham Trust

6-15 Sept. 2015, Windsor Castle estate

SAHGB Symposium: The Tercentenary of Vitruvius Britannicus

16 May 2015, Burlington House, London

CAA2015: Keep the Revolution Going

Presentation: “Hidden but not lost; Exploring the Great Hall at Boughton House”

30 Mar – 3 Apr. 2015, Siena, Italy

Animating the 18th Century Country House

5 Mar. 2015, National Gallery, London

Traditional Paint Forum Relaunch

03 Feb. 2015, Art Workers Guild, London

Telling the Stories of the Montagu Monuments

03 Dec. 2014, Warkton

The Destruction of the Country House, V&A Study Day

15 Nov. 2014, Victoria & Albert Museum, London

Authenticity in the Conservation of Historic Houses and Palace Museums 

Presentation: “A Methodology for Digital Anastylosis”  

7-11 Oct. 2014, ICOM-DEMHIST-ARRE, Compiègne & Versailles, France

The Period Room: Museum, Material, Experience 

Presentation: “Exploring Alternatives, the Virtual Period Room”

18-20 Sep. 2014, Bowes Museum, Barnard Castle

University of Leicester: Centre for the Study of the Country House Study Day

09 Sep. 2014, Lamport Hall

Digital Heritage 2014, Digital Communities in action

12 Jul. 2014, Centre for Digital Heritage, University of York

Palatium Summer School: Court Residences as Places of Exchange in Late Medieval and Early Modern Europe

30 Jun. – 9 Jul. Utrecht, the Netherlands

SAHGB Graduate Student Research Forum

02 May 2014, St. John’s College, Cambridge

ICON, 6th annual Conference on Conservation of Historic Interiors

28 Mar. 2014, Corpus Christi College, Cambridge

The 4th New Insights into 16th- and 17th- Century British Architecture

25 Jan. 2014, Burlington House, London

Heritage Network Symposium

16 Dec. 2013, De Montfort University, Leicester

Writing Our History and Digging Our Past

07 Dec. 2013, University of Nottingham

Digital Heritage, International Congress

28 Oct. – 01 Nov. 2013, Marseille, France


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