Dr Ruth Siddall is a Geologist at University College London. Her academic research interests are in mineralogy applied within the cross-disciplinary and broad research themes of cultural heritage. She considers herself as both a field- and a lab-based scientist, having worked on archaeological and geological sites in France, Spain, Greece, Italy and Egypt.
She also works with contemporary artists via collaborations with the Slade School of Fine Art and colourmen Winsor & Newton to better understand approaches to pigments and other materials and materiality within artists’ practice. She has a specialist interest in the provenance of stone used in art and architecture, in archaeological contexts and within the modern built environment and in collaboration with contemporary artists.
She is actively involved in outreach and teaching on the relationships between of Earth sciences and the built environment – urban geology. This involves leading numerous geological walks around London and further afield, and she has self-published a number of self-guided geological walks around London and other localities as well as books on stone and pigments. She co-developed (with Dave Wallis, industry geologist) the London Pavement Geology website and App which archives building stones used in London and the wider UK. Ruth has produced teaching modules for the UK A-Level Geology qualification.
Ruth will be visiting Burngate this summer to teach her course Drawing from Stone with Juliet Haysom.