Dean Sully, Lecturer in Conservation, UCL
Dean Sully lectures in conservation at the Institute of Archaeology, and co-ordinates the MSc in Conservation for Archaeology and Museums. He joined UCL in 2000, after studying conservation at UCL, and working as a conservator for the National Heritage Board (Singapore), The Museum of London, The British Museum, and Monmouthshire District Council Museum's Service.
Since 2001, as the National Trust's Conservation Advisor for Archaeological Artefacts, he has been involved with the conservation of Hinemihi, the Maori meeting house at Clandon Park, UK. This led to the publication of Decolonising Conservation in 2007, and the development of a people-based approach to heritage conservation. This advocates a shift in conservation practice from a specialist technical service aimed at preserving heritage, to a mechanism for the creation and recreation of culture. Mr Sully's contribution to the Coming Clean Project reflects a critique of routinised cleaning processes as an unquestioned stage in the conservation process.