Katy Lithgow ACR, Head Conservator, National Trust
Katy Lithgow joined the National Trust in 1991, having taken a BA Hons in Archaeology, Anthropology and History of Art in Cambridge, and obtained the Postgraduate Diploma in Wall Paintings Conservation from the Courtauld Institute of Art, London, where she taught following an internship at the Victoria and Albert Museum, London. As an Area Conservator and then Assistant to the Housekeeper she specialized in storage and protection of collections during building works. In 1995 she became the Trust’s Wall Painting Conservation Adviser and in 2002 Conservation Advisers Manager, co-ordinating the advice provided by the Trust’s staff and freelance conservation advisers, before being appointed Head Conservator in 2005.
Ms Lithgow has published and lectured on wall painting conservation, preventive conservation, conservation management, science in collections conservation and sustainability, and is a Trustee of the National Heritage Science Forum. She is an Accredited Conservator-Restorer (ACR) in both preventive and wall paintings conservation, and is Chair of the PACR scheme’s Accreditation Committee.