Rowan Gillis MA BA

Conservator

Rowan Gillis

As part of his MA, Rowan undertook an internship in the sculpture conservation department with Glasgow Museums.  This involved working on a wide variety of objects and materials; ranging from classical marble statue, wooden architectural features and contemporary art installations. After graduating, Rowan worked as a conservator on the Paisley Museums decant project, as part of the opening of a new, publicly-accessible museum store.  Here his responsibilities included environmental and pest monitoring, collection surveys and identifying hazards in the collection.

Rowan joined AOC Archaeology as a conservator in 2017.  Part of his role entails conservation work for Historic Environment Scotland’s (HES) call off contract, as well as objects from archaeological excavations and private clients.  Rowan is skilled in undertaking conservation treatment on a wide range of objects and materials as well as the use of specialist conservation techniques, such as freeze drying and air abrasion.  He is also experienced in using analytical equipment, such as x-radiography, FTIR, EDXRF and SEM.  Rowan also has archaeological fieldwork experience, notably working on the excavation of an Iron Age roundhouse at Black Loch.

As well as practical work, Rowan has also designed and provided conservation training programmes.  This has included training archaeologists in packing excavated finds to conservation standard and providing instruction in condition checking and conservation care to collections care staff at historic properties.