The CCG Committee have worked in a wide variety of roles for both institutions and in private practice in historic houses, museums, and libraries and on archaeological sites. Click on an officer's link to view his/her profile and find out more about their background and interests.
Committee Team Profiles
An Accredited Conservator, Jane graduated in Archaeological Conservation from Cardiff University in 1992. After a spell as a self-employed object conservator, including working on geological specimens, she moved into Collection Care. In 2002, she became the conservator on the project to relocate Birmingham’s science and industry collection of 40,000 objects ranging from pen nibs to drop hammers. In 2003, she became a Conservator (Preventive) at Birmingham Museum Trust and is now Conservation Team Leader. In this post, she is responsible for collection care across Birmingham’s 9 sites. She began a programme of training and advice on collection care for museums in the West Midlands under the Renaissance in the Regions Scheme and training is still one of the more enjoyable parts of the job. The best bit of the job is IPM and Jane is never happier than when she is staring at insects down a microscope.
Kerren Harris, Treasurer/PACR Representative
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Karen graduated with a degree in Conservation and Restoration from London Metropolitan University in 2010. From 2007-2010 she gained experience in the profession as a Conservation Intern for the Natural History Museum, London working with the Palaeontology and Zoology departments. In 2010, she was employed as a Project Conservator for Historic Royal Palaces where she contributed to the delivery of several exhibitions including a full refurbishment of Kensington Palace. Since 2012 she has been employed at the British Library working on various projects and has now been appointed as the Collection Care Monitoring Conservator. All aspects of collection care are of great personal interest to Karen although Preventive Conservation is her particular passion. Karen has actively sought to gain as wide a variety of experience as possible; pest management, emergency planning, environmental monitoring and providing training are some of her favourites. She is an Associate member of Icon working toward accreditation.
Emily has worked in the heritage sector since 2003 and specifically within preventive conservation since 2006. In 2006 Emily graduated with a BA Hons in History and began working for the National Trust. In 2012, she obtained an MA (with commendation) in Preventive Conservation from the University of Northumbria. Emily spent eight years with the National Trust at three different historic houses, before moving on to the British Museum, working on their WCEC storage moves project. Emily is currently at the Collections Care and Conservation Officer at the Royal Air Force Museum. She specialises in engaging audiences in conservation, working with volunteers, emergency planning and care of stored collections.
Victoria started her career in a trade bindery in Dorset, and following her graduation from the London College of Printing she worked as a library and archive conservator, first at the Bodleian Library and then from 2002 at the Oxford Conservation Consortium. Victoria always worked in private practice during this time, but in 2017 this became her full-time role and she now manages a busy library and archive conservation practice and preservation consultancy from her studio in Reading. Victoria is an accredited member of the Institute of Conservation and a strong advocate for the profession. As well as being a long-standing committee member and coordinator of the Oxford Conservators’ Group, Victoria previously served on Icon’s Book and Paper Group committee as Deputy Chair and Chair of the Co-operative Training Register sub-committee.
Julianne has been working in conservation for over 15 years, since gaining a BA (Hons) in Fine Art from the University of Toronto and a diploma in Conservation and Collections Management from Sir Sandford Fleming College in Peterborough, Ontario. Julianne worked at the Textile Museum of Canada before joining Historic Royal Palaces as a Preventive Conservator for Kensington Palace, Kew Palace and the Tower of London. Julianne is now a Senior Preventive Conservator in the Department of Conservation at the British Museum. Her role encompasses collections risk management for a wide range of projects including exhibitions, loans, gallery refurbishments and storage upgrades, as well as emergency planning.
Abby Moore, ICON News Coordinator
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Sarah studied Graphic Design at Art College before completing a three-year Conservation traineeship at the British Library followed by an MA in Preventive Conservation from Northumbria University. Sarah worked as a paper conservator for 8 years before moving into collection care working on a wide range of projects involving the storage, movement, use and display of collections. An Accredited Conservator, Sarah is currently Lead Preventive Conservator at the British Library where she is responsible for teams that deliver collection care policies, procedures and training for disaster preparedness, collection care awareness, environmental monitoring, integrated pest management and housekeeping across both sites in London and West Yorkshire. Sarah’s particular interest is finding ways to raise awareness of risks to collections and the ways these can be minimised. She is currently developing an eLearning tool for Library staff and working with colleagues on disaster preparedness initiatives.
Samantha is currently working part-time with the Fitzwilliam Museum Collections Care team on a range of Collections Care projects, including IPM and Lighting. She recently graduated with a Distinction from an MA in Preventive Conservation at the University of Northumbria. Her dissertation looked at emergency preparedness planning in volunteer-run historic house museums and involved working closely with the David Parr House in Cambridge in the creation of a tailored Emergency Preparedness Plan. She also works as Project Coordinator at the University of Cambridge, including social media, marketing and events management. Samantha previously worked for many years as a restorer and conservator of decorative arts, specialising in 18th and 19th-century continental furniture, polychrome, tole, and lacquer. She gained her expertise working in the studios of Knightsbridge Restoration, Gordon Maxwell and Rogier Lavenir. She is looking forward to moving back into the field of conservation full time.
Amy graduated with an MSc in the Care of Collections from Cardiff University in 2009 and a BA (Hons) Conservation and Restoration from the University of Lincoln in 2004. Amy enjoys working internationally and has worked on as a Conservator on archaeological sites in the Middle East. She has also delivered training in integrated pest management, archaeological conservation and care of collections within an international context. She has developed training resources in relation to pest management and archaeological conservation. She currently works as a Conservator at the British Library developing eLearning modules raising awareness of collections care within the Library and a Cultural Heritage Specialist Assessor for the British Council for the Cultural Protection Fund. Amy is also a member of the Pest Odyssey Group UK Steering Group.