Restorer and Conservator of Fine Art
I obtained a Fine Arts BA Hons before my post graduate qualification in the Conservation of Fine Art in the UK. Interning at Bristol Museum, I taught conservation in Zanzibar East Africa to students from seven African countries and worked at the Royal Scottish Museum in Edinburgh. What a journey!
After this I returned to Newcastle under Tyne to teach conservation in the institution in which I trained. I accepted a role at the then Robert McDougall Art Gallery (now Christchurch Art Gallery - Te Puna o Waiwhetu), which first brought me to New Zealand in 1986, and have been here ever since - and still loving it.
I'm honoured to say I 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. In 1987 I began the Canterbury Disaster Salvage Team to advise and train Canterbury cultural institutions in the event of disaster.
In 2012 I was selected as a conservation scholar to the Getty Conservation Institute in Los Angeles, and undertook a three month research project into earthquake preparedness for museums. I'm a full member of the New Zealand Conservators of Cultural Material Group and have actually been its President on three occasions, and secretary for five years. I'm also a Winston Churchill fellow, and recently returned from Iceland where I spoke on the topic of cultural conservation and disasters.
Campbell Conservation is partnership with Hugh, my husband who deals with the administration side of the business.
Getting in touch
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