Aliza Taft

Aliza Taft

After completing a BA in Geology and Classical and Near Eastern Archaeology at Bryn Mawr College, Aliza spent 2+ years interning at the Yale Peabody Museum, in the conservation lab and the anthropology collection. This experience solidified her interest in pursuing a career in conservation, which perfectly combines her passions for science and preservation of cultural heritage!


Latest posts

Summer Placement Round-up

Posted on 16 June 2017 by Aliza Taft

Conservation students, MSc and BSc, at Cardiff are required to do 8 weeks of summer placement between years, supported by a stipend from the University. Luckily, the department has cultivated some amazing connections with museums around the UK,  and even some in the US and Greece. Many of these connections come from far-flung alumni/ae of the
Read more


Newport Ship Workshop

Posted on 12 June 2017 by Aliza Taft

Recently, four conservation students from Cardiff and three students from the University of Wales Trinity St. David (UWTSD) program in Nautical Archaeology met at the Newport Ship Centre to conduct a collections assessment under the supervision of Cardiff lecturer Eric Nordgren and ship curator Toby Jones. The aim of the three-day workshop was to assess the condition of artefacts
Read more


Bronze Disease: Even Metal Gets Sick

Posted on 24 January 2017 by Aliza Taft

We are all familiar with the pleasing shininess of a new copper penny, and with how quickly this color becomes dull and matte simply from everyday use. This flat brown color doesn’t appear because the penny gets covered with dirt; rather, the copper surface has undergone a fundamental chemical change.  The copper in the penny
Read more


New Kids on the Bench

Posted on 14 November 2016 by Aliza Taft

Greetings, and welcome to the first blog of the 2016-17 academic year! We (the new first year students of MSc Conservation Practice) are aiming to maintain this blog during our two years here with updates on our objects, our experiences, and day-to-day lab happenings that we think you might be interested in.  There is a
Read more