Students MSc Year 1
Interests: Stone, anything archaeological and organics. I want to primarily focus on working with objects but I also like working with the community and teaching them about conservation. I’m also interested in working with museum professionals and teaching them about the importance of conservation.
Favourite tool: So far my favourite tool is a scalpel #15 blade because it’s so versatile!
Favourite museum: The Natural History Museum, I love the dinosaur exhibit! And their special exhibitions are great too.
Interests: Organics and modern polymers, digital technologies, collaborative processes
Kathryn [Katie] Cook ★ Blog editor
Interests: Everything archaeological, particularly metals and other inorganics. Conservation Outreach.
Favourite museum: British Museum
I’m interested in conserving all types of objects
Clare Lim ★ Blog editor
Interests: I like glass, but I’m generally interested in the conservation of all types of objects
Outside the lab: I like stories =)
Outside the lab: Drawing objects (by hand or digitally)
Interests: Composite objects, ceramics, decorative surfaces: mosaic, stucco, fresco, sculpture and ethnography. Synthesis of traditional and new techniques in Conservation. Issues of aesthetics as they relate to conservation. Conservation/restoration history. Community engagement.
Favourite tools: Scalpel, restorer’s brush, dino light!
Students MSc Year 2
I am interested in the conservation of historical building materials (stone, brick, plaster…)
Hobbies outside the lab: Practicing sport and doing conservation volunteer trainings in Scotland.
Interested in East Asian art and maritime archaeology
Favourite museum: Metropolitan Museum of Art
Interests: Organics, human remains and archaeological conservation.
Favourite museum: Ägyptisches museum aus Berlin
I am interested in Conservation science
Hobbies outside the lab: Hiking and cooking
I would say that right now I’m interested in metal and stone and I’m also interested in the display end exhibition in museums
Favourite museum: Victoria and Albert Museum
Alicia de la Serna ★ Blog editor
My main interests are paintings, organics and polychrome objects. But, who knows?!
Favourite tool: cotton swab, simple and efficient.
MSc Graduates 2016
I’m interested in the conservation of social and natural history objects.
Favourite lab tool: silicone brushes
I’m interested in conservation of all objects, but especially organics!
Hobbies outside the lab: knitting and playing piano
In an effort not to miss out on anything, I am interested in everything!
Lab nickname: Big Abby
Hobbies outside the lab: Fencing (Domestic and Internationally)
Interests: Archaeological objects- not sure of material type
Fun Fact: I have collected fun shot glasses since I was 13.
I’m interested in ceramics and maybe mixed organics (who knows!), conservation awareness and community engagement.
Favourite lab tool: Paper poultice
Interested in organic materials and the application of code of ethics of conservation to conservation practice.
Hobbies outside the lab: playing basketball and watching football matches
Interests: Metal Conservation, Archaeological Conservation
Hobbies Outside the Lab: Drawing
Interests: Archaeological Material and a bit of Natural History
Favourite Lab Tool: Scalpel. Size 15. It does everything.
Interests: Composite organics, sustainable conservation practice, murals and stained glass
Favourite museum: National Gallery
Interests: Organic Materials such as wood, plant fibres, paper and textiles.
Favourite lab tool: 15 scalpel
Interests: Decorative surfaces and composite objects. Wood, metal, hard tissues, and stone
Favourite lab tool: Parafilm
I’m interested in the conservation of organic materials, particularly wood, as well as plaster and composite objects with polychrome surfaces.
Favourite museum: Victoria and Albert Museum
Interests: Everything! Wet stuff. Composites. Metals. Organics. Maritime archaeology.
Favourite lab tool: My bamboo skewers, calipers, Tiranti spatula, and my new silicon tipped brushes.
MSc graduates 2015
She is currently Assistant Conservator for the Kyrenia Ship Project (Cyprus)
My primary interest is in archaeological object conservation. However, I’m also interested in the conservation of decorative arts and social history objects.
Hobbies outside the lab: costume making, historical re-enactment, computer gaming!
He is currently Conservator for the transportation, industrial, and technological artifacts at the Henry Ford Museum http://www.thehenryford.org.
Interests: Contemporary materials: plastics, alloys, painted surfaces; Objects of historical technology; Decorative Arts
Favourite lab tool: tongue depressor
She is the Samuel H. Kress Fellow in Conservation at the Winterthur Museum, focusing on the conservation of Chinese export lacquer and preventive conservation.
Interest in: Furniture/Organics /Gilding Conservation
Favourite lab tool: micro scalpel. So tiny, so sharp, so useful. (It’s a real toss up between that and the metal micro spatula)
Other Lab Chat Contributors
Claire D’Izarny-Gargas, UCL Qatar
Interest: Painting, site conservation and archaeological materials.
Favorite “museum”: Karnak Temple, Luxor, Egypt.
Dean Sully, Lecturer in Conservation ★ Blog editor
Research interests: Peoples Based Conservation
Favourite museum: Chepstow Museum (first place I worked!)
PhD Candidate in Archaeometallurgy/Technician in archaeomaterials preparation and analysis
Interests: Artificially patinated copper alloys
Favorite “tool”: SEM!
Interests: Organic materials and composite objects, both archaeological and ethnographic. Multilayered and decorated surfaces especially polychrome wood. Communicating Conservation.
Favourite lab tool: Small steel spatula