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Current (2012-13) HLF/EFP Interns PDF Print E-mail

Read about the Interns appointed in Year 8 of the HLF Scheme plus our Externally Funded (EFP) interns  

Interns currently in placements:

HLF/EFP Interns 2013 October
Sam Foley Zoë Lanceley  Caylin Smith Natasha Hall
Keeley Wilson Lewis Robins-Grace Tiago Oliveira  Esther Neumann
Sarai Vardi Elizabeth Miller Sibel Ergener 

 HLF/EFP Interns 2013  April
Ioannis Vasallos Conor Tulloch Rachel Morley 
Nikki Chard Philippa Crofts Silvia Da Rocha
Rebekah Parkinson Karen Jensen

HLF/EFP Interns 2012/13
Liz Ralph   Holly Smith


Interns 2013

Lewis Robins-Grace

Lewis Robins-GracePreventive Conservation - Westminster Abbey

Lewis started her internship at Westminster Abbey at the beginning of October this year and has already had a chance to develop her Preventive Conservation skills. The Conservation Housekeeping schedule has been handed over to Lewis for the duration of her Internship, which involves daily and weekly cleaning of some of the most important monuments and areas of the Abbey, including the Cosmati Pavement and the Chapel of Edward the Confessor.

Lewis also had a chance to work with the Conservation Department during the annual re-waxing of the Grave of the Unknown Warrior, which was carried out in preparation for Remembrance Day. Amongst other things, Lewis will be carrying out a condition survey of the monuments in the Great Cloister, and assisting the conservators with dust monitoring and Integrated Pest Management.

The vast range of materials and objects which make up the Abbey’s collection offer Lewis an incredible opportunity to develop her knowledge, understanding and experience of Preventive Conservation. Lewis is very grateful to HLF for making this Internship possible, and to ICON for facilitating the process. It is a great privilege for her to have such an extended experience of work in Westminster Abbey.

Lewis would also like to thank QEST, the J Paul Getty Trust, and the Worshipful Company of Tallow Chandlers for their support throughout her conservation training. 


kwilsonKeeley Wilson

Having graduated from Heriot-Watt University, Edinburgh with a BSc (Hons) in Chemistry, Keeley became interested in conservation, and followed this up with a Masters in Preventive Conservation from Northumbria. Looking to build on her theoretical knowledge, Keeley is working with the National Trust for Scotland in their many historic properties.

She will have the opportunity to take part in the annual deep cleaning of the houses, as well as undertaking the Pest Management Schemes and writing conservation cleaning plans for some of the properties. Keeley has already had the opportunity to work alongside accredited conservators as part of projects like the cleaning of the Falkland Palace tapestries, and the variety and range of objects that the Trust has in its collections means that Keeley will have the prospect of building up a thorough understanding of the different challenges presented by working in a Historic House environment.

This internship is the ideal opportunity for Keeley to develop her skills as a conservator, and to integrate her scientific background into the conservation work being undertaken. She hopes to experience a full spectrum of preventive conservation and collections care activities that she can use in her further professional development.

Sarai VardiSarai VardiConservation of Books and Archival Material - The Leather Conservation Centre


Sarai began her internship at the Leather Conservation Centre in October and has already had the opportunity to work on a wide range of books and archival material, including a 16th century embroidered textile covered manuscript and a collection of large leather bindings. At the LCC, Sarai also gets the chance to expand her skill set by working on objects 1.5 days a week and has recently completed the full conservation treatment of a leather box bag.


After a brief career as an illustrator, Sarai re-trained on the Conservation MA at Camberwell College of Arts specialising in book conservation. She has undertaken work placements at the College of Arms, Wellcome Trust, Book and Archive Conservation Services, the Warburg Institute, The Book and Paper Studio and UCL Special Collections, and most recently worked on a short term project for the Scottish Conservation Studio prior to starting at the LCC. 


Throughout her internship, Sarai hopes to continue to develop her practical skills through working on a range of different material. She also looks forward to gaining a better understanding of the production, deterioration and conservation of leather in particular, and learning more about the business aspect of running a private studio.


Sarai would like to thank the HLF and Icon for this opportunity, as well as QEST and The Clothworkers’ Foundation for their support throughout her conservation training. 


Photo ©Historic Royal Palaces

Zoe LanceleyZoë LanceleyHistoric Royal Palaces

After graduating from my first degree (BA Embroidery at Manchester Metropolitan University) I was lucky enough to get a job as a conservation technician at the Whitworth Art Gallery. This was a fantastic introduction into the world of conservation and I got to work on many exciting exhibitions over my five years there. This led me onto working as a costume mounting specialist at the Victoria and Albert Museum, and eventually to studying MPhil Textile Conservation at the University of Glasgow, where I recently graduated. During my time at Glasgow I also completed a two month internship at the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, USA.

Gaining an internship at Historic Royal Palaces is a great opportunity for me to put all my past experience into practice. The calibre of objects that I have the chance to work with is amazing; everything has such an interesting backstory. While I’m here I am keen to develop my practical skills and carry out as many interventive treatments as possible. Having an internship which is supported by the ICON training team is really beneficial, and I look forward to meeting all the other ICON interns.


Sam Foley – Books and Bound Materials, PZ Conservation.

I originally trained in Fine Art specialising in Sculpture at Central Saint Martins. Towards the end of my studies a chance trip to the UKHO conservation studio lead me to volunteer at my local records office. It was at the Essex Record Office where I got my first hands on experience and where I decided I wished to train as a conservator. I feel extremely lucky to be given the opportunity to train at PZ conservation. I feel I have learn a huge amount even in the short time I have been here. I have already got stuck into some bookbinding, repairs and outreach projects among many other things. I now look forward to the rest of my internship and making the most of this fantastic opportunity.  Back to top

Lizzie Miller - Preventive Conservation, Bolton Library and Museum Service


After completing her BA Archaeology at Sheffield University (2007) Lizzie went on to study the MA in the Conservation of Archaeological and Museum Objects at Durham University (2012). Following this she worked for a year gaining sound experience as an archaeological conservator at Bevaringscenter Fyn, Denmark. Lizzie is now pleased to be undertaking the Icon HLF internship in preventive conservation at Bolton Library and Museum Service.

Lizzie started the internship in October and has already been involved in a variety of different projects, including assisting with the planning of a new HLF Egypt gallery; coordinating the annual deep cleans of two historic halls; reviewing the Museum’s pest monitoring procedures; and undertaking a disaster kit audit project. She is also gaining practical experience by carrying out conservation treatment of objects from the Egyptology collection.

This Icon internship will give Lizzie the opportunity to learn valuable skills in preventive conservation, as well as continuing to develop her practical treatment skills of 3D objects. She hopes that this experience will contribute to her becoming a more well-rounded and capable conservator.

Lizzie is grateful to Icon, the HLF, and Bolton Library and Museum Service for making this experience possible.


Ioannis Vasallos

ioannis vasallosPhotography Conservation - National Galleries of Scotland Ioannis has a bachelor degree in conservation of Antiquities and works of art from the Technological Educational Institute of Athens(2009) and a Master's degree in paper and photographs conservation from Camberwell College of Arts, London(2012). Before he came to London he did an internship in Paris and another in Athens, both focusing in photographs conservation. During his studies at Camberwell, he focused on photographic material and he completed his major project on the preservation of Polaroid prints. At the same time he did a short placement at the Victoria and Albert Museum and he was volunteering at the Stanley Kubrick Archive. When he applied for this internship he was working for a small project included Polaroid prints at the BFI National Archive. He is really excited having being offered this Icon internship funded by the Clothworkers Foundation: ''This internship is an great opportunity to fully develop my skills in photographs conservation and work on a vast collection that covers all photographic processes''.      Back to top

Conor Tulloch 

 frass and casings - cameroon ctEthnographic Conservation - Pitt Rivers Museum, Oxford.  In 2009, I graduated from University College Cork with a BA (Hons) in History of Art with English. Looking for the next step, I became interested in conservation and so applied to attend the Graduate Diploma in Conservation Studies at the University of Lincoln. Completing this, I stayed on at Lincoln to study for the MA in Conservation of Historic Objects, which I am now almost finished. During that time I also undertook a 3-month internship in the National Museum of Ireland’s conservation department, reinforcing my interest in the material heritage of different cultures.

Now, at the Pitt Rivers’, I have the chance to further develop this interest, working with a diverse range of ethnographic materials from around the world.       Back to top

Rachel Morley

rachel morleyArchitectural Conservation: Stone & Plasterwork,                         Hirst ConservationFollowing her undergraduate degree in Process and Chemical Engineering from University College Cork, Rachel completed a postgraduate diploma in Building Conservation and Repair at Trinity College Dublin. Whilst here, she developed an interest in materials, stone and plaster in particular, completing a research dissertation investigating the thermal conductivity of renders.

Rachel went on to spend two years working as an assistant historic building surveyor in Shropshire. During this time, she also worked as a volunteer Buildings-at-Risk surveyor for Shropshire Council and was a committee member of the Society for the Protection of Ancient Buildings regional group. Rachel really loves early twentieth century architecture, with buildings from the European Jugendstil movement being amongst her favourites.

Rachel hopes her building pathology experience will enable her to take a more integrated approach to architectural conservation. She intends to use this wonderful opportunity with Hirst to apply and enhance her theoretical knowledge and develop her practical conservation skills. She believes this internship is the perfect opportunity to combine her scientific and architectural, historic and artistic interests, whilst bringing her closer to her dream of becoming an accredited conservator working to conserve Britain’s glorious architectural legacy. For more info read Rachel's blog : click here      Back to top

nikki profileNikki Chard – Conservation of Costume and Textiles, Royal Albert Memorial Museum (RAMM), Exeter

I graduated from the University of Glasgow with an MPhil in Textile Conservation in 2012 where I learned the practical skills and theoretical knowledge to become a textile conservator. Over the years I have obtained a diverse range of conservation experience: I also hold a PGDip in Paper Conservation from Camberwell College of Arts, and have completed textile conservation work placements at the Victoria & Albert Museum, the Ashmolean Museum and at RAMM, plus working with ethnographic textiles at Te Papa Tongarewa in New Zealand. I am looking forward to my internship at RAMM, as it will provide me with the opportunity to improve my ability to work with costume, which is a personal interest of mine. I will also be conserving textiles from an eighteenth-century sedan chair, which will be a challenging and lengthy project, alongside assisting with conservation tasks within the museum, such as exhibition planning, installation, preparing loans and general collections care.  Back to top


Philippa Crofts - Collection Care and Management,  Middleport Pottery, Burslem, Stoke on Trent

Philippa CroftsPhilippa undertook a BA Honours in Fine Art at Bath Spa University College, graduating in 2000. During a work placement at a UNESCO World Heritage site in Italy she developed an interest in conservation that led to a Post Graduate Diploma in Conservation Studies at the University of Lincoln. For several years after Philippa worked at National Museums Liverpool in the Sculpture Conservation department until 2010.  She completed a Masters in Heritage Studies at Salford University in 2011 and has since worked freelance on projects including restoration workshops for adults effected by substance misuse and hand finishing replica objects for museum use.  Philippa’s ICON internship is based on Collections Care and Management with Halahan Associates, an opportunity that will enable her to develop preventive conservation skills and experience a wide range of collections care activities to benefit future practice.

Silvia Da Rocha - Natural History, National Museums of Scotland 

silvia da rochaMy background is in the arts, having completed a BA in Art Theory and a BA in Arts majoring in Literature at the University of New South Wales. Through this I discovered conservation, going on to complete an MA in Cultural Material Conservation at the University of Melbourne. During this time I used my interest in zoology and the biological science to good use and began focusing on natural history specimens. I managed to continue focusing on this area whilst undertaking an internship and a volunteering role at Museum Victoria in Melbourne and later while under contract at the Australian Museum, where I was able to work on many wonderful collection items and on various interesting exhibitions. Currently I am at the National Museums Scotland, and am excited to be able to be involved with the preparation and preservation of specimens in close partnership with the natural sciences department. This internship has already given me so much new and specialised knowledge whilst strengthening my understanding of chemistry and biological / materials science. Back to top

Rebekah Parkinson - Preventive Conservation and Collection Care, The Fitzwilliam Museum 

 rebekahI recently returned to the field of conservation after a career break. Originally I studied BA (Hons) Conservation and Restoration at the University of Lincoln, graduating in 2001.  For the next few years I worked for private conservation companies and with public collections. My early experiences and training mainly focused on conservation of decorative objects.  On retuning to conservation work in 2010 I undertook a voluntary Project Conservator role in North Yorkshire and returned to study at the University of York, attaining a MA in Cultural Heritage Management. During this time I was very aware of my gap in knowledge and the need to bring my skills in line with current theory and best practice. I anticipate that the opportunities offered by my ICON/HLF internship will be the remedy to this short-fall in capabilities within a real world environment. I have interests in preventative conservation, collection care, heritage management and community participation projects and hope to develop skills in all these areas while in post at the University Cambridge Museums. 

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Karen Jensen - Preventive Conservation, Victoria and Albert Museum

karen jensenIn 2011 I completed a BSc in Conservation of Museum Objects and Archaeology. I then went on to do an MA in Conservation of Furniture and Decorative Arts, which built upon my previous knowledge and introduced me to the conservation of a wide range of materials.  I have some previous experience in preventive conservation from my studies and work placements at the Imperial War Museum and Waddesdon National Trust Manor. This internship will provide me with a solid foundation in practical preventive conservation, focusing mainly on integrated pest management at a large institution. I am working with paper, books, furniture and preventive conservators which allows me to learn from and develop my skills within these specialities. I will also benefit from experience in dust management, environmental monitoring, re-housing/boxing programmes, preservation and conservation treatments of objects in the V&A collection. 

Interns in Placements 2012/13

Liz Ralph

RALPH-PZ-CORNWALL-4179I started my career in book conservation at Camberwell in 2008 when I completed the 2 year Foundation Degree in Book Conservation. Following on from this, I studied the final year of the BA in Organic Conservation (also at Camberwell), during which I won the Stationer’s Foundation prize for Student Conservator of the Year specialising in Books and Paper. I then went on to complete the Camberwell’s MA in Conservation after receiving an award from the Heritage Lottery Fund. My final project focussed on the conservation of stationery bindings and I graduated in September with distinction. I am very much looking forward to the internship at PZ Conservation, especially working in a small private studio, and having the opportunity to work on a variety of projects as well as working with the public in the outreach portion of the internship.

Holly SmithHolly Smith - Conservation of Books and Bound Materials, PZ, Penzance (18 months)
I graduated from West Dean College with an MA in Conservation Studies, specialising in book conservation. I volunteered for some time before becoming a Project Conservator at the National Archives. I'm now really looking forward to starting this internship, building on my practical knowledge and gaining new experiences in a private studio environment. I'm especially excited about the involvement with outreach projects as it's something that I've always wanted to do.

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