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2014 Interns currently in placements:

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

Sophie Flynn-Piercy - Collection Care, The National Archive.

(Awaiting Profile)

Martha Infray - Preventive Conservation, Norfolk Museums.

Martha InfrayAfter completing a BA in Ancient History at Cardiff University I went on to study the MA in the Conservation of Archaeological and Museum Objects at Durham University. This two year course gave me the skills to work as an archaeological and museum conservator, including researching, analysing, cleaning, preserving, and caring for a broad range of objects. The first year of the course was spent at university with a mix of theoretical lectures and practical work and the second year was a professional placement which I undertook at the National Museum of Wales in the archaeological conservation laboratory. I graduated equipped with a sound knowledge and critical understanding of current professional principles, good practice and contemporary debates in conservation but felt there was so much more for me to learn. I volunteered at two National Trust properties and at the Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery for several months following graduation and was delighted to be offered the ICON internship in Preventive Conservation at the Norfolk Museums Service. This is a great opportunity for me to put all my past experience into practice.

During my internship I will be focusing on building up my museum experience in the hope of becoming a respected conservation professional. In the seven weeks since the start of my internship, I have been involved with:

two temporary exhibitions de-installs preparing objects for temporary loans dealing with an IPM emergency developing an IPM plan for the Norwich Castle Museum “The Wonder of Birds” exhibition undertaking remedial conservation work on taxidermy bird specimens and silver vervels I have also attended the “Bright Ideas: new developments in museum lighting”, a conference run by the Museums Association in London to keep me up to date with lighting within the museums sector. I will disseminate this information to my colleagues in conservation and in display.

Come December, I will go on the emergency planning and practical salvage course to gain a better understanding of how to deal with any emergency within the heritage sector.  I plan to visit my fellow preventive conservator interns this summer to gain an understanding of how preventive conservation is run in other institutions and in relation to different collections.

Vania Valadas Assis - Conservation of Botanical Supports and Artefacts, British Museum.

(Awaiting Profile)

Mark Kearney - Conservation of Modern Materials, V&A.

(Awaiting Profile)

Abigail Tyler - Textiles Conservation, Textile Conservation Ltd.

abigail tylerResearching historic textiles for my Art and Design Foundation course in 2009 opened my eyes to textile conservation as a career.
In 2013 I graduated from the University of Lincoln with a BA in Conservation and Restoration. I was introduced to conservation of a wide range of materials, and gained a solid grounding in conservation ethics and an understanding of current practices.  During my course I completed a six week placement at The National Trust Textile Conservation Studio. After graduating I worked on a modern tapestry conservation project at Portcullis House, Palace of Westminster. I also volunteered at The Museum of Cambridge, helping care for their local history collection and accessions data base.

It was a privilege to be offered this ICON internship with Textile Conservation Limited, Bristol. I am working alongside a small, friendly team of professional conservators who come from a range of backgrounds and specialisms. Our customers include historic houses, museums and private clients; allowing me to learn to treat a diverse range of textile objects. It is an invaluable chance to experience the everyday running of a busy textile conservation business.

My internship so far has allowed me the time to research thoroughly into my projects. I have also gained new practical skills and experience, such as costume mounting, tapestry conservation and project planning. As well as meeting my fellow interns’ and sharing experiences and skills, I’m looking forward to continuing to widen my experience at the studio. 

Sophie Barton - Furniture Conservation Intern, Tankerdale Ltd.

sophie bartonWith an interest in technical art history, having previously studied History of Art at the University if York, I chose to study Conservation at City & Guilds of London Art School (C&G). Studying at York, I had the chance to work at Castle Howard which gave me an insight into the day to day running of an important historic house. Whilst at C&G, I developed an interest in painted wood and decided to focus on the conservation of polychrome objects. Since graduating, I have gained experience working on polychrome sculpture at SRAL, Maastricht in Holland, at IRPA in Brussels and latterly at the CRRCOA in Vesoul, France. My travels have enabled me to work with inspiring colleagues on polychrome religious sculpture and painted surfaces in Europe.

 I am delighted to have the opportunity to work on composite items of furniture with the highly skilled professionals at Tankerdale Ltd. During my internship I will be focussing on the conservation of decorative surfaces on furniture, learning finishing techniques for wood surfaces and gaining experience working on a variety of decorative finishes. I look forward to participating in object surveys in historic properties and taking part in upcoming projects. The site-work will involve promoting conservation and increasing the public awareness of conservation in public collections.

My internship started in April and I have already been able to take part in a variety a conservation treatments with my colleagues. This has ranged from choosing the most appropriate consolidant to treat a woodworm damaged dolphin, documenting object treatments to cleaning ormolu lilies in a bath.
I will benefit from learning the current best practice, liaising with professionals in the field and contributing to my professional development. I am grateful to Tankerdale Ltd, ICON and HLF for enabling me to gain this invaluable experience. 

Giorgia Genco - Book Collection Care, Caroline Bendix.

icon picture ggGiorgia Genco started her one year Icon internship in book collection care with Caroline Bendix at the end of April 2014. She will have the opportunity to work in a wide variety of projects around UK as her supervisor is a freelance and adviser for the NT and NADFAS. She will be involved in surveys, conservation in-situ treatments, environment – preventive conservation, packing and moving, books and shelving assessment, handling and security projects with several institutes, national conservation bodies and private collections.

As part of the internship activities she will learn about volunteers training and she will manage a group in a cleaning project. Giorgia will have the opportunity to work with other professionals and to attend several workshops like bookbinding structure and mould management. In order to improve her skills she will also have the chance to do a short exchange with other intern and visit other institutes and conservation laboratories.

After a bachelor degree in Conservation Science at the University of Tuscia in Viterbo, where she studied diagnostic for cultural heritage, she decided to attend a MA in Conservation of Book and paper materials at the University of Palermo. Through these years she had the opportunity to do experiences in several subjects from archaeological survey to environmental measurements, but her first interested is in book conservation. She did an internship of one year in a laboratory of book and archive conservation that gave her the opportunity to improve her skills by working on individual items.

Through this internship Giorgia wants to improve her skills and knowledge in preventive conservation and in book collections care and she wants to gain more experience in order to become a full-rounded book conservator. She would like to build her future network in conservation and learning all about the business aspect of running a career as a book conservator.

Giorgia would like to thank you the Icon and HLF for this great opportunity as well as her supervisor for the wonderful work oportunities she offered! 

Joanna Holt Farndale - Preventive Conservation, The Horniman Museum and Gardens.

Joanna Holt FarndaleJoanna began an internship in Preventive Conservation at the Horniman Museum and Gardens at the end of April 2014. Having formerly worked in theatre as a Stage Manager Joanna re-trained and graduated from London Metropolitan University with a BSc (Hons) Conservation and Restoration in 2009.

During her time at London Metropolitan University Joanna volunteered at the Old Operating Theatre Museum. Upon graduating she worked as a Project Conservator at the Science Museum. After this, Joanna undertook a volunteer placement in Preventive Conservation at the Horniman Museum and it was during this time that an interest in Preventive Conservation was sparked. Joanna then completed a Project Conservator role at the Horniman before moving on to a short term contract at the British Library in Preventive Conservation. Joanna has been working towards her MA Conservation of Historic Objects at the University of Lincoln by distance learning which she finishes this year.

Now back at the Horniman she is very much looking forward to developing her interest in preventive conservation further in order to be able to equally contribute to the work of museum conservation departments by having a rounded training in conservation.
Joanna would like to thank Icon, HLF and the Horniman Museum and Gardens for offering her the opportunity to undertake this internship.

Marta Garcia Celma - Paper, Photographic and Peventive Conservation, RCAHMS

Marta Garcia Celma

Marta Garcia Celma commenced her one year Icon internship in Photographic materials, Paper and Preventive conservation at the Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historical Monuments of Scotland in April, 2014. For the duration of her placement she will be involved in Paper and Photographic Conservation two days per week, in Preventive Conservation for other two days and in professional development the remaining one. Marta will have the opportunity to attend different workshops in the Conservation of Photographs and Pest Management amongst others as well as the chance of visiting other institutions and studios to further develop her skills.

After her degree in Fine Arts (2005- 2009, University of Barcelona, Spain) followed by a specialization in Photographs, (2010, WDKA, Rotterdam. The Netherlands) Marta joined the two year MA Conservation program at Camberwell College of Arts, (2011, London, UK) where she specialised in Paper Conservation. Simultaneously she took place in volunteer programs at the Museum of London, V&A and Wellcome Trust and worked briefly for TNA. Meanwhile, Marta has been attending a broad number of conferences and workshops in conservation of photographic materials including “AIC & ICOM –CC Photographers Conservation Joint Meeting” NZ 2013; “Preservation of Photographic Collections” by Debra Hess Norris or “Introduction to the history, identification and preservation of 20th c. colour photographic materials”, “Contemporary photography: techniques and preservation” by Sylvie Penichon.

Marta greatly enjoys chatting about ethics and standards. Through the Internship she would like to open her network in conservation, as well as gain experience within salvage plans and obtain the confidence needed to work without supervision and collaborate actively in the conservation field.  Marta would like to thank Icon and HLF for that opportunity and her supervisors at RCAHMS for her incredible mentoring program.

John Maher - Horological Conservation, The Cumbria Clock Company.

(Awaiting Profile)

Mira Kartitila - Textile Conservation, Zenzie Tinker Conservation Ltd.

(Awaiting Profile)

Sarah Walton - Costume Mounting, Manchester City Galleries.

Sarah Walton

After graduating from my degree in Embroidery at Manchester Metropolitan University and volunteering to work on the costume collection at Touchstones Arts and Heritage Centre, I have started a two year internship with the Manchester City Galleries as a Costume Mounting Technician.  Based at Queen’s Park Conservation Studios, I am practising and developing methods, standards and techniques needed to display and care for fashion, textiles and historic dress within the collections. As well as developing a wider understanding required for the long term care of these objects and gaining a depth of knowledge and understanding of a wide range of period and contemporary dress.

The process of mounting each costume presents a unique task of preventative conservation.  Sufficient support and accurate interpretation of style is achieved though the use of individually padded mannequins and specially made underpinnings.  So far I have covered a range of techniques including selecting, mounting and covering a mannequin, producing suitable petticoats, crinolines and underpinnings and studying the appropriate stance, shape and style of a particular period.  I have also covered issues of handling, packaging and transport and have been introduced to the practice of remedial textile conservation techniques.

During my internship so far I have gained the experience of mounting and assisting with the install of two costume exhibitions ‘Cotton Couture’ at Manchester Art Gallery and ‘Something Blue: Wedding Dresses 1914 – 2014’ at Platt Hall.  I continue to work on loan material and on going exhibitions within the galleries.  I have had the opportunity of attending training days such as an integrated pest management workshop at Whitworth Art Gallery and a two day Costume Mounting DATS workshop at the V&A.  I have also benefitted from the sharing of skills with the Whitworth Art Galleries Conservation & Technical Team, and the specialist costume mounter (Gesa Werner) employed to help deliver Cotton Couture.  I am able to contribute to curatorial discussions, and provide information to aide design and schedule meetings.

Lisa McCullough - Preventive Conservation, Environment (Fellowship) The National Trust.

(Awaiting Profile)

Alice Young - Textile Conservation, Historic Royal Palaces.

Alice YoungIn October 2014 Alice Young began her one year Icon internship in Textile Conservation at Historic Royal Palaces.

Based within the Conservation and Collections Care (CCC) at Hampton Court Palace, Alice will spend the initial six months of her internship within the tapestry conservation studio before moving to the furnishings conservation team. These two departments will provide her with an invaluable opportunity to experience at first hand the specialised techniques employed to conserve HRP’s collection of historically significant and unique royal tapestries and furnishing textiles.

Alice’s principle independent projects will be the stitched treatment of a late nineteenth century Verdure tapestry and the conservation of an early 18th century needlepoint chair cover. She will also assist with on-site condition audits of the objects on display as well as the installation and de-installation of tapestries in the Great Hall and Queen’s Privy Chamber as part of the team.

Prior to the start of her internship Alice studied towards a Foundation Diploma in Fashion and Textile design before undertaking a BA in History of Art and Museum Studies .In 2014 she graduated with an MPhil in Textile Conservation from the University of Glasgow. While studying she has undertaken work experience placements at the V&A and voluntary work with the National Trust.

Working within the unique historic surroundings of Hampton Court Palace has provided Alice with new abilities and experiences. The CCC is a dynamic, research led department where Alice will receive valuable training opportunities where she can continue to develop her conservation skills, a prospect that she looks forward to with great anticipation. Alice would like to sincerely thank her internship supervisor, Icon, The Clothworkers’ Foundation and Historic Royal Palaces for this invaluable opportunity.

Jorge Otero - Preventive Conservation, Bute Memorial Fund/National Trust for Scotland

Jorge OteroJorge began his internship with the National Trust for Scotland in the middle of Oct 2014. 

He is working as a preventive conservator intern with Icon accredited NTS Conservators, to advise on the care and protection of historic interior surfaces and collections at a national level, within Scotland’s largest and most prestigious conservation organisation.

Jorge’s background is multidisciplinary, being involved in a wide variety of conservation disciplines, (archaeological objects, historic buildings, remedial, laboratories, etc).  After completing a degree in the Conservation of Archaeological and Museum Objects, he has been involved in a Masters Degree in the study of new Technologies for the Conservation of Historic Buildings.  During the Masters course he specialised in the conservation and in the laboratory techniques for their characterisation and to analyse decay processes. Having completed the Masters degree, the University of Vigo offered him an internship to work with them. This involved a programme of research about new non-destructive method of removing salts from granite, the main construction material used in the built heritage of the local area.

After completing this experience, he decided to expand his knowledge towards Preventive Conservation, to learn about actions to prevent or mitigate the damage and deterioration in cultural heritage objects and collections. His duties include the monitoring and control of light, environmental conditions and IPM, the safe storage and display of collections, as well as communication and advocacy for NTS Collections’ Conservation department. He works within a multidisciplinary environment, where the collaboration and synergies between different departments in the Conservation Directorate, and other departments
(commercial, fundraising, communications, etc) are a vital part of his day to day routine. He is learning about strategic planning and the conservation dimension of organizational objectives, gaining experience of the procedures for loans in and out the organisation and about the issues arising from contemporary art installations and exhibitions.

Jenny Snowden - Archive Conservation, Staffordshire Archives.

(Awaiting Profile)

Marie Kaladgew - Japanese Scroll Mounting, British Museum.


Paul Turner - Painting Conservation, Bowes Museum.

(Awaiting Profile)

Maria Pardos Mansilla - Textile Conservation, Bowes Museum.

maria pardos mansillaThanks to Icon's Internship program I started a year's internship in Textile Conservation at The Bowes Museum in October 2014.  During that time I have been involved in the conservation and assessment of several textile objects as well as in different projects regarding the improvement of storage and display spaces, the pest and environmental control and collaboration with other museums. I have also been involved in the preparation, install and de-install of some exhibitions such as “Bird of paradise: plumes & feathers in Fashion”, “Yves Saint Laurent, Style is Eternal” and “Common Grounds: Lace drawn from the everyday” at The Bowes Museum or “Women’s Fashion Power” at Design Museum in London, including a courier trip.

My career in conservation began in Spain where I studied Painting Conservation at ESCRBC of Aragon. After a few years working in the field of conservation around the country with several kind of objects (painting, metal, ceramic, & stone) I became more interested in textiles as an object in itself and not just as a support. That is the reason why I decided to study Textiles Conservation at ESCRBC “Mariano Timon”, the only Textile conservation teaching centre in Spain. I also just finished a master in Diagnosis of state of conservation of Historic Heritage by Pablo Olavide University (Seville, Spain). Textile Conservation has given me the chance to work at notable institutions like the Musée Galliera, Musée de la mode de Paris (France) or IVCR, the Valencian Institute of Conservation (Spain) and now, The Bowes Museum.
This internship means I can work with unique objects, expand my professional network as well as sharing knowledge with colleagues, to learn new skills and improve the ones I have. I´m unable to finish this introduction without thank to Icon and The Bowes Museum Conservation Department who have given me the opportunity of this inestimable experience.

Emily Austin - Textile Conservation, Bowes Museum.

(Awaiting Profile)


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