Dean Sully

Research Interests

My main areas of research have related to the conservation of organic materials within museum collections. Particularly how the process of conservation is applied; from the use or excavation of an artefact, through to its display and storage in a museum context.

This has focussed on:

  • the treatment of waterlogged wood and leather,
  • the use of Data in conservation,
  • the provision of suitable display environments,
  • the management of pests in a Tropical environment and
  • the documentation of traditional techniques of conservation in South East Asia.

Research Directory Records


  • National Trust: Project Manager for Archaeological and Ethnographic Conservation

Educational Background

  • BSc (Hons): UCW Aberystwyth
  • Cons.Cert. in Archaeological Conservation: UCL Institute of Archaeology
  • Peters,R., Sully,D. (2006), Finding the Fallen. Finding the Fallen series.
  • Peters,R., Sully,D. (2006). Finding the Fallen: Conservation and the First World War. IIC Munich Congress. The Object in Context: Crossing Conservation Boundaries, Sauders,D., Townsend,J. (ed.) London:James & James, 12-17
  • Sully,D. (2006). Archaeological Collections. Chapter 49 in Cronyn,J. et al. (ed.) The New National Trust Manual of Housekeeping, The Care of Collections in Historic Houses open to the Public. Oxford: Butterworth-Heinemann, 1st edition, 556-565
  • Sully,D., Quirke,S., Ucko,P.J. (2006). Hathor, goddess of love and joy, a Norfolk wherry launched in 1905. Public Archaeology 5(1), 26-36. ISSN: 1465-5187
  • Ucko,P.J., Quirke,S.Q., Sully,D. (2006). The past in the present and future: concluding thoughts. Public Archaeology 5(1), 58-72. ISSN: 1465-5187
  • Sully,D., Schuster,J., Burrows,K., Riccini,R., Mc.Cartney,E. (2005). World Archaeological Congress (WAC) Interim Congress: The Uses and Abuses of Archaeology for Indigenous Populations, New Zealand 8 -12 November 2005.
  • Sully, D., (2004). Conservation In Context: a Maori Meeting House in Surrey. Archaeology International. Institute of Archaeology, UCL. 2003/2004. 53-57.
  • Sully, D., Liu, M-Y., and Lee, S. A Topical Solution to Tropical Museum Pest Control.
    In Kingsley. H., et al., (eds). Integrated Pest Management for Collections Proceedings of 2001: A Pest Odyssey.
  • Suenson-Taylor, K., Sully, D. & Orton, C, (1999). Data in conservation: The Missing Link in the Process, Studies in Conservation, 44, 184-194
  • Ganiaris, H. & Sully, D., (1998). Showcase construction: materials and methods used at the Museum of London, The Conservator, 22, 57-67
  • Sully, D. & Suenson-Taylor, K., (1998). An interventive study of Glycerol treated freeze-dried leather, in C Bonnot-Diconne et al (eds), Proceedings of the 7th ICOM-CC Working group on Wet Organic Archaeological Materials Conference, Grenoble/France, 224-231
  • Suenson-Taylor, K. & Sully, D., (1996). The use of condition score to determine glycerol concentration in the treatment of waterlogged leather. An empirical solution, in P Hoffman et al (eds), Proceedings of the 6th ICOM-CC Group on Wet Archaeological Organic Materials Conference, York, 157-172
  • Sully, D. & Suenson-Taylor, K., (1996). A Condition Survey of Glycerol Treated Freeze-Dried Leather in Long Term Storage, in A Roy & P Smith (eds), Archaeological Conservation and its Consequences. Pre-prints of the Copenhagen Congress, 26-30 August 1996. International Institute for Conservation, 177-181
  • Ward, C., Giles, D., Sully, D. & Lee, D. J., (1996). The Conservation of a Group of Neolithic Waterlogged Bark Vessels. Studies in Conservation, 41, 241-249
  • Sully, D., (1992). Humidification: The Reshaping of Skin, Leather and Gut objects for Display, in P Hallebeek, M Kite & C Calnan (eds), Conservation of Leathercraft and Related Objects Group Interim Symposium, ICOM-CC, London , 50-54
  • White, S. J. & Sully, D., (1992). The Conservation of a Siberian Parka: a Joint Approach, in P Hallebeek, M Kite & C Calnan (eds), Conservation of Leathercraft and Related Objects Group Interim Symposium, ICOM-CC, London, 54-57
  • Wills, B., Shashoua, Y. & Sully, D., (1992). Approach to the Conservation of a Mexican Saddle and Anquera, in Conservation of Iberian and Latin American Cultural Heritage, Pre-prints of the Madrid Conference, International Institute for Conservation, 179-183

Second Supervisor

  • Anna Maria Rossi Making Archaeology Abroad. A postcolonial perspective in Malta (principal supervisor Tim Williams)
  • Niki Savvides Visitor experience and sustainable management of heavily visited sites: the case study of Herculaneum (joint second supervisor with Tim Williams, principal supervisor Kathy Tubb)

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