Student Profiles

Here you’ll find out a little more about current students of the Conservation department who have posted on this blog.  Profiles are listed alphabetically by last name.

Sarah James


Sarah James completed a BA in Art History with a Museum Studies Concentration and minors in Archaeology and Classical Studies in 2013 prior to beginning her switch into the world of objects conservation through a variety of internships within museums, independent conservation labs, and archaeological field work in the USA and Europe. As an MSc. Conservation Practice Student, she now has been able to immerse herself fully in this exciting and intriguingly multi-disciplinary field. She is eager to see what is in store as she will soon branch out into the work industry upon completion of her MSc.


Pamela Murray

Pamela Murray is a second year MSc Conservation Practice student, she recently completed her placement at the British Museum researching Oddy testing. Before her Cardiff studies she was working on various projects conserving Chinese Shadow Puppetry, both the tangible and intangible, based in Beijing. She completed an internship at the South African Institute for Conservation and Heritage Science.


Aly Singh

After completing a BA in History & Religion and an Applied Museum Studies degree, Aly Singh moved to Cardiff to pursue an MSc in Conservation Practices. A lover of history, art and material culture, she is excited to learn about and work on a wide variety of objects and material types.


Dean Smith

Dean Smith is in his second year of the MSc Conservation Practice programme at Cardiff University. He has completed a summer internship at Çatalhöyük conserving objects on site.


Meredith Sweeney

Meredith Sweeney is an masters student in conservation at Cardiff, having recently completed the Cardiff University BSc course. Conservation has been a great way for her to combine her adoration of history, art, and science. She loves working in the lab and having objects from all over the world from countless different time periods in her hands!


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 of Natural History, 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!


Stephanie Whitehead

Upon completing her BA in Classical Studies, Stephanie volunteered in an archaeology lab for James Madison’s Montpelier. There, she fell in love with conservation of artifacts and how it was able to combine her love of science and history. During her summer internship she has found a new passion for natural history and textile conservation.

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