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Nyssa Mildwaters


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Conservation Manager
  • Archaeological Objects and Sites
  • Arms and Armour
  • Emergency response and planning
  • Objects
  • Organics
  • Other
  • Preventive Conservation
  • Taonga Māori
Available for:
Conservation advice and treatment of objects.
Currently Conservation Manager at Otago Museum, Dunedin, with range of experience working in museums, on archaeological sites and delivering conservation training in Europe, the Pacific and New Zealand. Accredited objects conservator with experience of working across a wide range of material and collection types, both within museums and in commercial settings.

Particularly interested in conservation and collections care outreach and advocacy work, community engagement with cultural heritage and the conservation of indigenous, natural science and archaeological materials.

Happy to undertake consultation and remedial work as well as the delivery of bespoke conservation and collections care training/workshops.
Qualifications and/or experience
Conservation Manager at Otago Museum since late 2014. Prior to that Worked as an Archaeological Conservator for York Archaeological Trust, before moving to the Royal Armouries, Leeds as Conservator and then Interim Conservation Manager.

Experience delivering conservation and collections care training to a diversity range of audiences, including developing a short CPD course on the Conservation of Arms and Armour for West Dean College, Chitchester.

On-site archaeological conservation and excavation expertise, in the UK, Turkey and New Zealand.

Part of a NZIPR funded short-term research project entitled 'Promoting Cultural Heritage as part of Sustainable Tourism Development'. Focusing case studies in Samoa and Madang, PNG.

Experience of developing, writing and delivering grant funded projects as well as working in commercial and consultancy roles.

Member of the Local Organizing Committee for the Joint Society for the Preservation of Natural History Collections (SPNHC) and Taxomonic Data Working Group (TDWG) 2018 Conference. Currently Chair of the Local Organizing Committee for the 2022 IIC Congress in Wellington.

ICON Accredited Objects Conservator since 2012 and IIC fellow since March 2021. Past Vice-President and current President of NZCCM.
Relevant training
2018 - Prince2 Project Manager Foundation and Practitioner Certification.

2006-2008 - MSc in Conservation for Archaeology and Museums, University College London (Distinction).

2005-2006 - Ma in the Principles of Conservation, University College London (Distinction).

2002-2005 - Bsc Archaeology, St Marys College, University of Durham (2:1).
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