Lynn Campbell obtained a Fine Arts BA Hons and then studied for a post graduate qualification in the Conservation of Fine Art in the UK. Lynn then interned at Bristol Museum, taught conservation in Zanzibar, East Africa to students from seven African countries and worked at the Royal Scottish Museum in Edinburgh before returning to Newcastle u Tyne to teach conservation in the institution in which she trained. She then applied for posts in New Zealand and Australia and accepted the job at the then Robert McDougall Art Gallery (now Christchurch Art Gallery- Te Puna o Waiwhetu).
Lynn was one of the first conservators to travel to Antarctica on three occasions to start surveys on Scott’s and Shackleton’s historic huts, on the third occasion leading one of the teams in the field. Lynn began the Canterbury Disaster Salvage Team in 1987 to advise and train Canterbury cultural institutions in the event of disaster. Lynn is a full member of the New Zealand Conservators of Cultural Material Group and has been a past President on three occasions and secretary for five years.
Lynn has just returned from the Getty Conservation Institute in Los Angeles where she undertook a three month research project into earthquake preparedness for museums.
Lynn now works as a freelance consultant and conservator. One of her specialities is disaster preparedness for cultural and heritage institutions. Lynn has also undertaken consultation on preventive conservation for ICCROM in Rome Italy.