SEAHA Centre for Doctoral Training


Kathryn Royce

DPhil student, University of Oxford

Project Title 

Preservation of geological collections 

Background & Summary of Project

Rocks, minerals and fossils are widely believed to be stable. Yet a number of species are susceptible to common museum conditions. I will be researching how the museum environment (ie. temperature, humidity, pollutants, and microorganisms) affects minerals and to what degree. Following this research, guidelines and standards could then be produced, outlining ideal storage and display conditions tailored for these collections.

I am a recent graduate from Cardiff University's Conservation Department. Throughout m studies, I have worked with various material types - focusing on inorganics - and have done placements at multiple institutions, including Colonial Williamsburg and Oxford University Museum of Natural History.