Rowan Gillis MA BA
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. Many objects were large and heavy, requiring the use of specialist lifting equipment and working with a team of technicians. Rowan also undertook community outreach programmes, including consultation with Glasgow’s Bengali community, to explore ethical issues regarding the treatment and display of a collection of ceremonial, Hindu murti sculptures.
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 he was responsible for undertaking environmental monitoring and collection surveys, as well as providing advice on developing environmental standards, pest treatment programmes 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 experienced in undertaking conservation treatment on a wide range of objects and materials, including wood, bone, stone, metals, ceramics, textile and paper. He is trained in the use of analytical equipment, such as Fourier Tansform Infrared Spectroscopy (FTIR), Energy Dispersive X-ray Fluorescence (EDXRF), Scanning Electron microscope (SEM) and x-radiography.