Heidrun Gassner ACR
I am and accredited, highly qualified conservator with 17 years of experience working in conservation and 23 years of experience working in Museums on an international basis.
I have extensive experience of remedial and preventive conservation of a variety of materials such as antler, ceramic, bone, barkcloth, fur, feathers, fossils, glass, horn, ivory, leather, metals, paper, painted surfaces, plastics, resins, rubber, seed, shell, stone, taxidermy, textiles, vegetable fibres, wax, wood, and wet specimens.
I have conserved items for exhibition and loan, including touring exhibitions, have conducted pre loan assessments and courier trips, have installed and deinstalled exhibitions and have managed hazardous items.
Recent major projects include the new WWI galleries at the Imperial War Museums, a survey of flood damaged items at the Horniman Museum and the conservation of a Marc Newson designed Biomega bicycle for the V&A and work on 'Hair - Untold stories' at the Horniman Museum.
I have been the lead conservator on several projects where I have been collaborating with internal and external museum professionals and stakeholders I am a confident user of a variety of databases (Adlib, Multi Mimsy, Merlin and Digital Assets) not only for object documentation but also for workflow, list and time management
I have participated in a number of outreach projects, have collaborated with First Nations communities and have supervised students and volunteers.
RCA/V&A course: MA: Conservation of Ethnographic Materials. In collaboration with the Horniman Museum (placement 3 days per week over the 3 years). Grade: Pass Funded by scholarships of The Arts Society (NADFAS) and the RCA.
University of Vienna: MA: Social- and Cultural Anthropology Funded by a scholarship of the University of Vienna. Grade: Distinction. Exchange year at the University of Zurich (1999/2000) funded by the Swiss Government. Publication of MA dissertation: 'Die Nagakultur Nordost Indiens. Dargestellt anhand von 18 Objekten aus der Sammlung des Wiener Voelkerkundemuseums.' Schweizerische Asien Gesellschaft. Asiatische Studien. 57(1): 5-32. Bern. Peter Lang. 1/1/2002