Restorative Treatment


Restoration of the Hall of North American Mammals, American Museum of Natural History

This project encompassed 45 dioramas containing mammalian and avian taxidermy, foreground materials and backdrop paintings. For the duration of this project I acted as Conservation Assistant undertaking:

  • Documentation through condition assessments and photography.

  • Exploring and negotiating treatments options, testing new materials, experimenting with application.

  • Conservation treatment of specimens and foreground materials (a combination of taxidermy, plastics, painted surfaces, wax and real botanical specimens.



'Once in a Whale', Oxford University Museum of Natural History

I acted as Project manager for the 'Once in a Whale' project undertaken at the Oxford University Museum of Natural History. The project encompassed the complete conservation treatment of several whale skeletons suspended from the museum roof.

This project was awarded ‘Highly Commended’ at the 2014 Museum and Heritage Awards and the specimens featured on the BBC Four series' Secrets of Bones'. More information and images from this project, can be found at the project blog ''.


'Tahemaa Transformed', Bournemouth Natural Science Society

This project encompasses the conservation of Tahemaa, the Egyptian Mummy at the Bournemouth Natural Science Society. I am the project conservator for this on-going project. My role includes researching and undertaking treatments, fundraising and generating publicity. More information can be found at the project blog

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