|Current (2012-13) HLF/EFP Interns|
Interns currently in placements:
Photography 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
Ethnographic 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
Architectural Conservation: Stone & Plasterwork, Hirst Conservation: Following 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 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 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
My 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
I 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.
Karen Jensen - Preventive Conservation, Victoria and Albert Museum
In 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
I 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 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.