Key Info

  • Position Title
    Conservator

Email Heather Mackay

Profile:

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.

Professional_Memberships:

Australian Institute for the Conservation of Cultural Materials (AICCM)

Qualifications:

Bachelor of Applied Science (Conservation of Cultural Materials)

Advanced Diploma in Art