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.
Cymbeline Storey, Conservator, Royal Armouries Museum
Cymbeline Storey joined UCL Qatar in 2014 as Researcher for the ‘Coming Clean’ project, and is also a Model Conservator at the Royal Armouries Museum in Leeds. She holds an MA in Principles of Conservation and an MSc in Conservation for Archaeology and Museums from University College London.
Prior to joining UCL Qatar she worked at Birmingham Museums Trust as Conservator for the Staffordshire Hoard, a 7th century assemblage of Anglo-Saxon gold and silver objects. Ms Storey has also worked as a Conservation Assistant at Westminster Abbey and Intern Conservator (ceramics, glass and metals) at the British Museum, and she is a member of the ICON Metals Group Committee.
Jill Saunders, PhD Candidate in Conservation, UCL Qatar
Jill Saunders gained an MA (Principles of Conservation) and an MSc (Conservation for Archaeology and Museums) from UCL Institute of Archaeology in 2010 and 2012 including a year’s internship with the Archaeological Conservation Department at the Museum of London. She has worked at the Çatalhöyük Research project in Turkey, contributed to the Gresham Ship Project through the sampling and analysis of waterlogged timbers, and carried out remedial work and condition surveying of Roman mosaics for The National Trust at Chedworth Roman villa.
Ms Saunders is currently doing PhD research at UCL Qatar concerning cleaning non-ferrous metals. The project considers public perceptions, professional decision-making, and material impacts of cleaning on copper, bronze, brass and silver. Other research interests include communicating conservation, public outreach, metals (especially copper alloys), conservation as cultural performance, and the application of conservation science to contemporary practice.
Dr Catherine Dillon, Honorary Research Associate, UCL Qatar
Dr Catherine Dillon has a background in research psychology, gaining her first degree at University College London (UCL) and her PhD at Goldsmiths College (University of London). She went on to work on strategic and service-user research in the public and third sectors.
Dr Dillon became interested in heritage after conducting a research project for the Museums, Libraries and Archives Council concerning the social outcomes of a museum funding programme. She then worked at the Centre (now Institute) for Sustainable Heritage at UCL on two AHRC/ESRC Science and Heritage Programme projects: Collections Demography and then Mind the Gap.
Professor Adrian Heritage ACR, Professor in Conservation of Wall Paintings and Architectural Decoration, Cologne University of Applied Sciences
Professor Adrian Heritage’s teaching and research areas include conservation ethics; wall painting and street art techniques; conservation methodologies; conservation imaging; preventive conservation (environmental assessment and the deterioration processes of porous materials).
Professor Heritage has experience in practical conservation, management and research in the UK and Germany. He was formerly Senior Architectural Conservator and Head of Wall Painting Conservation at English Heritage. He studied Fine Art and Philosophy BA (Hons) at the University of Reading. His postgraduate training in conservation was undertaken at the Courtauld Institute of Art (University of London), where he gained a Diploma in Wall Paintings Conservation and an MA in Paintings Conservation.
Stefan Michalski, Conservation Scientist, Canada
Stefan Michalski obtained an Hon. B.Sc. in Physics and Mathematics from Queen’s University, Canada, in 1972. He worked as a research assistant in visual perception research for several years, and took courses in preparation for entering graduate studies in that field, but decided instead to train as an objects conservator at the then new Queen’s University Masters of Art Conservation program. Since 1979, he has worked as a researcher and consultant in both preventive conservation and treatment processes.
Mr Michalski has published over 60 papers, several of which are of particular interest to cleaning. Topics addressed include the physics of suction table treatments (especially stain removal), the physics of varnish removal from paints by solvents, and the consolidation of porous artefacts. Other papers (all focused on quantification of the phenomenon) have included light damage, leakage of museum enclosures, damage mechanisms of incorrect relative humidity, the mechanics of fracture in paintings, the mechanics of fracture in gilding, and practical methods of risk analyses for collections. In 2005, he received the Harley J. McKee Award from the Association for Preservation Technology International, given to “individuals who have made outstanding contributions to the field of preservation technology.”
Stefani Kavda, PhD Candidate in Conservation, UCL Qatar
Stefani Kavda is currently pursuing a PhD in Conservation at University College London (UCL) Qatar. Her research focuses on degradation and cleaning of synthetic polymers in the field of design. She graduated as an object conservator in Conservation of Antiquities and Works of Art from the Technological Educational Institution (T.E.I) of Athens, Greece. In 2014 she received an MSc in Conservation Studies from UCL Qatar, with an emphasis on modern materials. Her final thesis was devoted to the use of solvent‐based gel systems on polymethyl methacrylate (PMMA) and sucrose in contemporary art and design.
Ms Kavda has completed internships as a conservator at INSTAP - EC (Institute for the Aegean Prehistory) in Crete, the National Archaeological Museum of Athens, Die Neue Sammlung - The International Design Museum in Munich and Fondazione Plart in Naples.
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.
Graeme McArthur graduated with a double Masters in objects conservation at University College London. He has worked at the Wallace Collection and British Museum in London on a wide range of objects before joining the Coming Clean project as a research assistant in 2014. He was largely researching cleaning in conservation in published articles and conservation records from various institutions as well as taking part in public surveys at National Trust properties.
Mr McArthur has now returned to the Wallace Collection as the Metalwork Conservator but continues to work on the Coming Clean project.
Aristoteles Georgios Sakellariou
Aristoteles Georgios Sakellariou, Head of Conservation, Museum of Islamic Art, Doha
Aristoteles Georgios Sakellariou is the Head of Conservation at the Museum of Islamic Art in Doha (MIA) since 2013. Previously he served as Associate Deputy Director of Collections at the National Museum of Qatar and Head of Conservation & Scientific Research at the Islamic Arts Museum of Malaysia (IAMM). Prior to that, he worked in several museums, projects and excavations in Greece, the UK, Jordan, Turkey and Oman. He has an MA in Preventive Conservation, a MA in Museum Management (Northumbria University) and a BA Hons in Conservation & Restoration (Lincoln University).
Mr Sakellariou is one of three editors for the ‘Science of Preventive Conservation’, the first book fully devoted to Preventive Conservation in Greek. Within his field of interest are the material cultures of the East Mediterranean, preventive conservation with a special focus on display cases and finally how management theories find practical applications in organizing personnel for the care of collections.
Flavia Ravaioli, Research Assistant, UCL Qatar
Flavia Ravaioli is a Research Assistant in conservation at UCL Qatar for Coming Clean and for the Qatar National Research Fund project Materiality and Preservation in Islamic Contexts.
Ms Ravaioli holds an MSc in Conservation for Archaeology and Museums (UCL), an MA in Principles of Conservation (UCL) and a BA in Classics and Archaeology (University of Bologna). She has participated in conservation work on archaeological sites in Egypt, Turkey and Iraqi Kurdistan, and has completed internships at the Fitzwilliam Museum and the Polar Museum in Cambridge, UK. Prior to taking on her current position she worked in private practice at the Centro di Conservazione Archeologica in Rome, Italy.
Dr Stavroula Golfomitsou, Lecturer in Conservation Studies, UCL Qatar
Dr Stavroula Golfomitsou is the director of the Coming Clean research project. Dr Stavroula Golfomitsou is a Lecturer in Conservation Studies at UCL Qatar, having developed the Conservation Studies MSc to address the growing need for qualified conservators within the Gulf region. Her research interests include the conservation and analysis of metals, the use of statistical methods in experimental design, the quantification of errors in non-destructive analysis, and risk assessment of decision-making processes in conservation. In 2009 she was seconded by the Greek Ministry of Culture to ICCROM as Laboratory Coordinator.
Dr Golfomitsou holds a PhD in Conservation of Metals from UCL and a BA in Objects Conservation from TEI Athens, Greece. She has a broad background in the analysis of metals and she has worked in Greece, Malta, Egypt, Turkey, Italy and France. Since 2001 she has taught at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels in Malta and Greece and she has delivered workshops and seminars in conservation of metals in Egypt, Oman and Peru.
Carmen Vida, Researcher, UCL
Carmen Vida studied Archaeology before gaining an MSc in Conservation for Archaeology and Museums with Distinction in 2013 (UCL Institute of Archaeology, London). In 2011 and 2013 she took part in two projects organized by Heritage without Borders, running conservation training courses in Sarajevo and Kosovo. She has completed internships at the British Museum, Organics section, working with Barbara Wills on the conservation of naturally mummified human remains, and at the Museum of London Archaeological Conservation Section.
Ms Vida has worked as an objects conservator for different institutions, including the University of Cambridge Museums. She is currently a Teaching Assistant for the MSc in Conservation for Archaeology and Museums at UCL, and a Researcher for the Coming Clean project. She is also a Researcher Conservator in the Transitional Objects: The Peter Ucko Collection Project at UCL, examining heritage practice through the process of museumification of Peter Ucko’s collection of archaeological objects. She has a particular interest in organic and composite objects and anything that communicates conservation.
Catherine Tully, Research Assistant, UCL Qatar
Catherine Tully joined UCL Qatar in 2015 as a Research Assistant for Coming Clean. Her past research areas include analysis of archaeological ivory and the use of conservation as a tool for community building. She also continues to be actively involved in archaeological excavations in Lebanon.
Ms Tully received her MSc in Conservation for Archaeology and Museums from UCL Institute of Archaeology in 2014. She interned at The Polar Museum and Fitzwilliam Museum in Cambridge, UK. After receiving her degree, she continued to work at the Fitzwilliam Museum performing technical analysis of Egyptian coffins.