Staff profile: Heather Mackay

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Materials Conservation & Analytical Resources
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I studied at the University of Canberra, Bachelor of Applied Science (Conservation of Cultural Materials) and graduated in 2002.  In 2003 I started work at the Australian Museum as an objects conservator in the Materials Conservation Unit.  Initially I worked with exhibitions such as Chinese Dinosaurs and Death:The last taboo which involved treatment and preparation of objects for display. I was principal conservator for Keku:Life after death exhibition in 2005 which led to a 3 month conservation project for one of the museum's mummies.  This was a great opportunity to conduct research including a full body CT scan of an ancient artefact and to investigate innovative treatment methods for such a fragile object.

Currently, I am coordinating preventive conservation programs such as Integrated Pest Management (IPM) and storage and re-housing projects for objects and specimens.


Bachelor of Applied Science (Conservation of Cultural Materials)

Advanced Diploma in Art

Professional Memberships

Australian Institute for the Conservation of Cultural Materials (AICCM)