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Alex Caillon

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Born in the city of William the Conqueror and raised in France, Alexandra studied in Cardiff and London. Graduating with an MA in Principles of Conservation from UCL, and a Masters in Cultural Heritage from the University of Perpignan, Alexandra is passionate about travel, history, heritage, and archaeology.

Internationally orientated with a keen ability to speak four languages, as well as being IT orientated, Alexandra is currently building up her knowledge with gilding and stained-glass window conservation techniques. She is looking forward to joining the EPN team and helping to celebrate the impact that conservation can have on a day-to-day basis.

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Arianne Panton

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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.

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Emma Skinner

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Emma is an emerging Book and Paper Conservator. She studied her undergraduate degree in History at the University of Manchester and then went on to study Book and Paper Conservation at Camberwell College of Art. After graduating in Summer 2018 she began a pioneering two-year multi-institution internship in Conservation for Digitisation which was funded by the Clothworkers Foundation. She spent nine months at The British Library, followed by nine months at The National Archives and a final nine months at the Bodleian Libraries in Oxford.

In October 2020 she gave a lecture on her internship, hosted by the Icon EPN Network, presenting some of the projects she worked on over the two years and her hopes for the future of the field. In December 2020 she began a one-year fixed term position as Library and Archives Conservator at the Oxford Conservation Consortium. She is passionate about outreach, engagement and championing diversity within the field, and an advocate for the value of paid internships and work placements for emerging professionals.

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Karoline Sofie Hennum

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Karoline Sofie has a BA in Cultural Heritage and Conservation Knowledge (2015) and MA in Objects Conservation (2020) from the University of Oslo. For her MA dissertation, she did a study of drying methods for PEG treated waterlogged oak.

As part of her last MA semester, she moved to the UK to do an internship in Conservation Science at the Mary Rose Trust. Her main interests are the conservation of wet archaeological materials, heritage science and preventive conservation.

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Rebecca Plumbe

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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 working on the What's in our Drawers? project. 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. Rebecca enjoys public speaking and has presented at conferences, run conservation events, and taken part in open days.

Recently, she presented a webinar hosted by the Icon Ethnography Group about her work at the Pitt Rivers Museum. As part of the EPN team she is keen to foster opportunities for emerging conservators, through creating resources and running workshops, to support career development.

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Riva Boutylkova

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Riva finished her MA degree in Conservation of Archaeological and Museum Objects at Durham University in 2020, for which she did an 8-month placement at the Royal Albert Memorial Museum in Exeter.

Currently, she is working as a freelance conservator at the Dorset County Museum, supporting its redevelopment program. Her interests include working on archaeological and social history collections, ceramics, glass, and conservation outreach programs.

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