Staff profile: Kate Jones

Position title:
Conservator
Section:
Materials Conservation & Analytical Resources
Phone:
+612 9320 6038
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I became a qualified Conservator of Cultural Materials in 1999 when I graduated from a specialised Bachelor of Applied Science at the University of Canberra. I worked in Perth and Adelaide before joining the Conservation team at the Australian Museum in 2001.


Currently, most of my work is on collection material that the Australian Museum loans to other institutions. We receive frequent requests to loan collection items to institutions around Australia and overseas. I manage the Conservation component of this outward loans program. I stabilise the condition of artefacts requested for loan through remedial Conservation treatments and pack the artefacts into custom made boxes and crates. The International loan requests are usually the most challenging and complex, partly due to the customs and air freight requirements. In some cases when particularly rare, valuable and fragile items are borrowed, I travel with the crated artefacts as a courier on the moving truck and aircraft to ensure their safe passage.


Our most recent international loan project was the loan of four artefacts from our Captain James Cook collection for an exhibition tour of Germany and Austria entitled: “James Cook and the Exploration of the Pacific”. The event brought together some of the most important cultural items associated with the voyages of Captain Cook from collections held in Australia, Europe and the USA and attracted large audiences.
 

Qualifications

Bachelor of Applied Science specializing in the Conservation of Cultural Materials: University of Canberra 1999


Bachelor of Visual Arts (Hons): University of South Australia 1996
 

Awards

1999 Western Australian Museum Internship

1999 AICCM Student of the Year Award
Awarded to the most academically successful graduate of the Materials Conservation Degree