Impacts of Cleaning on Copper Alloy and Silver Surfaces
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Ms Jill Saunders began work in the field of conservation with postgraduate study at the UCL Institute of Archaeology, completing an MA and MSc in Conservation. During this time she completed an internship with the Archaeological Conservation Department at the Museum of London, gaining experience in interventive techniques with objects from the museum’s collection and freshly excavated items managed by Museum of London Archaeology (dry and waterlogged environments). Her work also entailed gallery maintenance, integrated pest management and public outreach.
In 2011 she contributed to the Gresham Ship Project through the sampling and analysis of waterlogged timbers from the ship hull to assess the environment of the wreck. She has also worked on the Çatalhöyük Research project in Turkey, performing treatments on Neolithic buildings, paintings and artefacts and working on the conservation of plaster, paint and painted surfaces, bone and basketry. For The National Trust she has carried out remedial work to Roman mosaics at Chedworth, conducting a condition survey identifying and recording different forms of microbiological growth on the stones.
Ms Saunders is currently conducting research at UCL Qatar regarding the implications of contemporary methods of cleaning on copper alloy and silver surfaces. The project is a holistic investigation covering aesthetics, public perceptions, and the role of socio-cultural contexts in determining object relationships and interpretations in addition to materials science experimentation and analyses. Her further research interests include communicating conservation, public outreach, metals (especially copper alloys), conservation as cultural performance, and the application of conservation science to contemporary practice.