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Sofie Chandler-Heal

Sofie is a recent graduate in Principles of Conservation MA at University College London. Sofie’s previous positions have predominantly been in frame conservation in the private sector. The focus of her MA has involved the conservation of modern and contemporary art and the preservation of exterior works of art. 

Rebecca Plumbe

Graduating with a BA (Hons) and MA in object conservation from the University of Lincoln, Rebecca is currently undertaking an 18 month Clothworkers' Foundation internship at the Pitt Rivers museum. In this role she is conserving, curating and re-displaying the collections housed in publicly accessible drawers. Previously, she has conserved an Anglo-Saxon skeleton for a new gallery development at The Oxfordshire Museum, cared for the historic environment at Belton House (National Trust) and worked as a freelance conservator. With a passion for bringing conservation to a public audience Rebecca is also keen to engage support for the industry. 

Arianne Panton 

Arianne gained an MA in Principles of Conservation from UCL and an MSc in Conservation Studies from UCL Qatar. Her interests lie in the conservation of ethnographic and modern and contemporary art collections, as well as materials science. Since graduating in 2016 she has held several conservation positions in the Middle East. She is currently employed as a Consultant Objects Conservator at the National Museum of Qatar.

Katarina Kaspari

Katarina Kaspari is a third year MSc student in Conservation for Archaeology and Museums at University College London. She is currently undertaking her placement at the Horniman Museum and Gardens in London. Due in part to her background in biology and anthropology, her interests are primarily in natural history and anthropology collections. Her MA and MSc dissertations have focused on cross-disciplinary and cross-cultural research, collaboration with source communities, and people-centred approaches to conservation. She hopes, upon graduating, to work conserving organic materials.

Riva Boutylkova

Riva is working towards an MA in Conservation of Archaeological and Museum Objects at Durham University. She is currently doing a professional placement at the Royal Albert Memorial Museum in Exeter, treating archaeological finds, natural history collections, and local history objects. After completing her degree in 2020, Riva plans to expand her portfolio by working with as many different materials as possible and is hoping to gain experience in archaeological field conservation. Her other interests include conservation outreach and the ethics of treating objects of use. 

Lauren Burleson

Lauren is a final-year master's student in the Conservation of Archaeological and Museum Objects at Durham University, currently on a professional placement at the University of Cambridge Museums focused primarily at the Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology. Her conservation experience and interests are mostly in ethnographic objects, social history objects, natural history collections, objects with textile or worn components, and human remains including objects made from them. She hopes to work with more of these objects in future.