Natalie Mitchell MA BSc
Initially contracted to work at The British Museum to conserve a Roman coin hoard, Natalie continued in the Ceramic, Glass and Metals conservation section working on a variety of archaeological and historic objects. The role required conservation to be carried out for the purpose of gallery display, loans, research and publication. Public engagement was a principal requirement which included carrying out gallery talks, workshop visits and conservation lectures.
Natalie then went on to work at Glasgow Museums as an Object Conservator which involved the conservation of predominantly metal and ceramic social history objects. The primary requirements were to carry out conservation assessments and treatment for the purposes of gallery display, loan and storage. The role also required processing new acquisitions, overseeing gallery installation for the Photography Shop (Riverside Museum) and advising on mounts and environmental conditions.
Now, as a project conservator at AOC Archaeology Group, Natalie works closely with Historic Scotland’s Collection’s Unit conserving archaeological and historical artefacts. AOC Archaeology Group’s conservation department also work on material from their own excavations, those of other archaeological units and artefacts from museums and private clients. This post provides excellent experience of working on a wide variety of objects and material types. Challenges such as working on site have furthered Natalie’s skill set and knowledge as a conservator.
Public engagement has been a priority through Natalie’s career which has included carrying out museum gallery talks, workshop tours and conservation lectures. Frequent responsibilities have included supervising and training conservation interns and volunteers as well as engaging with metal detectorists, historic societies and the general public.
The British Museum, Frome Hoard: Contracted to conserve a Roman coin hoard from Frome, Somerset. The hoard compiled c.52,000 coins of which approximately 30,000 coins required cleaning for identification and publication purposes. The project required the use of a variety of chemical and mechanical cleaning methods. Good project management skills were essential to ensure all coins were recorded and the work was completed in the timescale required.
Glasgow Museums, How Glasgow Flourished: This project required the management of a large selection of metal and ceramic objects selected for the exhibition ‘How Glasgow Flourished’ The project involved conservation treatment, packaging for transport, object movement for photography and the organisation of the objects for arriving at the exhibition space.
AOC Archaeology Group, Glasgow School of Art: This salvage operation involved the post excavation management of the excavation of the Mackintosh Library at Glasgow School of Art following a fire which broke out in May 2014. Natalie managed a small team on-site recording salvaged artefacts, stabilising and assessing all finds excavated from the library. The role required working closely with archaeologists, curators and librarians from Glasgow School of Art and construction contractors.