Suzanne Dalewicz-Kitto mounting a Japanese armour onto a display stand.

Suzanne J. Dalewicz-Kitto

Suzanne Dalewicz-Kitto Head of Collections Care at the Royal Armouries Museum based in Leeds.


Suzanne graduated from Cardiff University with a BSc (Hons) in Archaeological Conservation in 1994 and during this time worked as an onsite conservator on digs both in the UK and on Gozo, Malta.

Work placement included a general conservator at St. Fagans, the Welsh Folk Museum and as an organics conservator for the National Museums and Galleries on Merseyside (NMGM). After a stint as a volunteer with Chester Archaeological Unit, NMGM employed her as a full time metals conservator from 1995 until 2001, working on a wide range of objects that included; European and Japanese arms and armour.

Whilst in this position she had the opportunity to work as an onsite conservator in Syria on behalf of Nottingham University. In 1999 she worked on the collection of the King’s Regiment Museum, Liverpool and her interest in arms and armour was truly caught.

Since 2001 she has been employed at the Royal Armouries and currently hold the role of Head of Collections Care.

As well as the care of the Royal Armouries collection on display and in store at Leeds we also care for the remaining collection based at the Tower of London.

Suzanne has through the Armouries been privileged to be involved in the conservation of the five main armours attributed to Grand Masters of the Order of St. John at the Palace Armoury, Valetta, Malta and also in the preparation and installation of an exhibition in the Frazier Historical Arms Museum, Louisville, Kentucky.

Recent publications:

Dalewicz-Kitto,S. McLaughlan,F. Schmuecker,E. Hood,J. (2013) Japanese Armour and the Conservation of a Sakakibara Family Armour at the Royal Armouries. Journal of the Institute of Conservation, Volume 36, Number 1, 2013 , pp35-52

Mildwaters, N and Dalewicz-Kitto, S. (2011). Problems with Protective Clothing: The conservation, storage and display of textiles within arms and armour collections.

Incompatible Partners? The challenges of Composite Objects. Forum of the ICON textile Group 4 April 2011. The Victoria and Albert Museum, London. Editor Alison Fairhurst, pp 49-58

Dalewicz-Kitto, S. (2011), Conservation of a flintlock sporting gun by Henry Crisp ICON NEWS July 2011, 32-34

Dalewicz-Kitto, S (2010), book review Iron and Steel in Art. Corrosion, Colourants, Conservation. Journal of the Institute of Conservation, Volume 33 Number 2 2010 , 201-203

Kitto. S. J. (2007) Skin Deep: An investigation into protective surface coatings on arms and armour, In The Universal Heritage of Arms and Military History: Challenges and choices in a changing world. ICOMAM 18th Triennial Conference, Vienna (Part of ICOM Vienna, 2007, 21st General Conference: Museums and Universal Heritage), Schultz & Hilfe, 215-227

Kitto. J. S. (2007) Skin Deep: An investigation into protective surface coatings on arms and armour, Abstract of Poster. In Degringny et al (eds). ICOM-CC Metal WG Amsterdam, 17-21 September 2007 Book 5

Kitto, S. J. Surface coatings on arms and armour. In Robert Elgood (ed) The Future of Indian Arms and Armour; Theirl Conservation and Study, A Two day Conference, Jodhpur, India, post prints, (Submitted 2007)

Kitto. S. J. Skin Deep: An investigation into protective surface coatings on arms and armour, ICOMAM 18th Triennial Conference, Vienna (Part of ICOM Vienna, 2007, 21st General Conference: Museums and Universal Heritage), (submitted 2007)

Kitto, S.J. (2007) Caring for Firearms. In Museums and Heritage, Issue 1 2007 pp. 23-24

Kitto, S. (2007), The Future of Indian Arms and Armour Collections: A two day conference and study tour, Rajasthan, India . Conservation News, 2007

Cahill, F, Kitto, S and Schmuecker, E. The conservation of the Sakakibara armour at the Royal Armouries. The Conservator (submitted 2006)

Kitto, S. The study of a WWII Japanese Sword. Arms and Armour (submitted 2006)

Kitto, S. (2006) International Rescue: An Anglo-Maltese Collaboration. In Robert Smith (ed). Make All Sure: The Conservation and Restoration of Arms and Armour. Basiliscoe Press, Leeds, 56-64

Kitto, S (2006) The Story of the Little Knight. Max Fun, Royal Armouries

Kitto, S. Preserving the dragon. Materials in Japanese arms and armour, International Arms and Armour Conference, Vienna, post prints (submitted 2005)

Kitto, S (2004) Plastics in arms and armour in the Royal Armouries Collection. Arms and Armour Journal, Vol. 1, No 2, 189-203

Starley, D & Kitto,S. (2003) ‘Survivors’ Review of Science Week 2003 at the Royal Armouries, Leeds. Conservation News May 2003, 28-29.

Kitto, S. (2000). Back to Basics: surface finishes on metals. Conference report. Conservation News No 72, July, 33-34

Kitto, S. (1999) Alas poor Yagan. The exhumation of an Aborigine chieftain Conservation News No 68, March, 26-27

Kitto, S (1998) Beatles discs and butterfly wings. Conservation News No 67, November, 31-33

Kitto, S (1997) Conservation adventures in Syria. Conservation News No 74, March, 12-14

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