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Renata Peters
Lecturer in Conservation of Archaeological Artefacts

UCL Institute of Archaeology
31-34 Gordon Square
London WC1H 0PY
tel: +44 (0)20 7679 5583 (internal 25583)
fax: +44 (0)20 7383 2572
email: m.peters@ucl.ac.uk
staffpage: www.ucl.ac.uk/archaeology/people/staff/peters

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UCL Institute of Archaeology
Conservation and Development Research Network
Conservation and the First World War
Khipu of San Cristóbal de Rapaz
Anatomical Machines of the Prince of Sansevero

Communicating Conservation: students' work

Conversations on Conservation Blogspot
ICOM-CC Ethnographic Collections Working Group
Journal of Conservation and Museum Studies (JCMS)

Research interests 00

My research refers to the socio-political impacts of conservation. My main aim is explore how conservation can act as a tool of empowerment and social change.

I am the leader of Conservation and Development, a research network focused on conservation's impact in social and political arenas. I am also coordinator of the ICOM-CC Ethnographic Collections Working Group, editor in chief of the Journal of Conservation and Museum Studies (JCMS), and I run the UCL Conversations on Conservation of Cultural Heritage blog with students and colleagues from various institutions.

I have a special interest in the ethics and the socio-political impacts of conservation; public outreach; street art and issues relating to vandalism.

I am also very interested in South American archaeology and the conservation of material originating from South American indigenous groups; investigative conservation; waxes and plant materials; representations of the human body.


I have taught different subjects to students of different ages and backgrounds. As a follower of Paulo Freire’s critical pedagogy, my main purpose as an educator is to help students develop critical thinking so as to fulfill their potentials and expectations. I believe this is much more efficient as a teaching tool than merely having students follow/obey other people’s findings/decisions. Those who are able to use critical thinking and creativity are the ones who can make a difference to the world.

Recent Publications

Salomon, F. & Peters, R. 2009. Governance and Conservation of the Rapaz Khipu Patrimony. In Silverman, H. & Fairchild Ruggles, D. (eds) Intangible Heritage Embodied. Springer Verlag: Frankfurt and New York, 101-125.

Peters, R. 2008. The Brave New World of Conservation. In Diversity in Heritage Conservation: Tradition, Innovation and Participation - Preprints of the ICOM-CC 15th Triennial Conference. Allied Publishers Pvt Ltd: New Delhi, Vol 1, 185-190.

Peters, R. & Salomon, F. 2008. Patrimony and Partnership: Conserving the Khipu Legacy of Rapaz, Peru. In Archaeology International (2007-2008), 41-44.

Peters, R. & Romanek, D. 2008. Approaches to access: factors and variables. In Saunders, D., Townsend, J. (eds) IIC London Congress: Conservation and Access. James & James: London, 1-6.

Peters, R., Salomon, F., González, R. C. & González, R. C. 2008. Traditional Use and Scholarly Investigation: A Collaborative Project to Conserve the Khipu of San Cristóbal de Rapaz. In Dignard, C., Helwig, K., Mason, J., Nanowin, K., Stone, T. (eds) Symposium 2007: Preserving Aboriginal Heritage – Technical and Traditional Approaches. Canadian Conservation Institute: Ottawa, 95-100.

Dacome, L. &Peters, R. 2008. Fabricating the body: the anatomical machines of the Prince of Sansevero. In Greene, V. (ed) Objects Specialty Group Postprints, Volume 14, 2007.Objects Specialty Group of the AIC: Washington, 161-177.

Peters, R., Sully, D. 2006. Finding the Fallen: Conservation and the First World War. In Saunders, D., Townsend, J. (eds) IIC Munich Congress. The Object in Context: Crossing Conservation Boundaries. James & James: London, 12-16.

Peters, R. 2004. Conservation of a lost-wax casting from Benin. Scottish Society for Conservation and Restoration Journal 15 (2), 09-13.

Peters, R. 2002. Conservation as a later addition. Papers from the Institute of Archaeology (PIA) 13, 64-72.



Research-related activities


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Conserving a First Nations garment

The Patrimonial Khipu of San Cristóbal de Rapaz

The Anatomical Machines of the Prince of Sansevero  

Finding the Fallen: Conservation and the First World War

The Patrimonial Khipu of San Cristóbal de Rapaz The Anatomical Machines of the Prince of Sansevero