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Ellie Rowley-Conwy

conservator examining armour through a microscopeEllie Rowley-Conwy is a Conservator at the Royal Armouries in Leeds.

Ellie studied Archaeology at Newcastle University and graduated with a BA (Hons) in 2008. During her degree, she took part in various archaeological excavations including working on a Neolithic chambered cairn in Scotland and a chalcolithic burial site in Cyprus.

Following this, Ellie began working as a Conservation Assistant for the National Trust at Anglesey Abbey in Cambridgeshire, doing preventive conservation for its objects, furniture and historic interiors, and aiding with a large project of cataloguing and conserving the large statue collection.

This led to an interest in the conservation sector and so she went on to study the Conservation of Archaeological and Museum Objects at Durham University (2010-2012). As part of this course, Ellie undertook a nine month placement at the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation in Virginia. Based mostly in the Archaeological Conservation Department, she was also able to spend time in both the Furniture and Historic Object Conservation Departments and so was able to work on a very varied selection of objects including the Martin’s Hundred collection.

After graduating from Durham, Ellie had a short internship at the Wallace Collection in both the Metals and the Furniture Conservation Department and was able to gain experience of working on arms and armour specifically, which sparked a true interest in this area.

Since 2013, Ellie has worked as a conservator at the Royal Armouries and has been able to further her knowledge of conserving a variety of objects such as firearms, edged weapons and armour from all periods of time and from all areas of the world. Combined with this, the conservation department is responsible for all the preventive conservation of the collection, for example monitoring and adapting the environment to ensure the best possible conditions for the objects on display and in stores.

During all of this, Ellie has held a voluntary position as the Finds Manager and Conservation Consultant for the Ardnamurchan Transitions Project which is an archaeological fieldwork project jointly run by Leicester University, Manchester University and Archaeology Scotland. Ellie is also a committee member for the Institute for Conservation’s Archaeological Group and is currently working towards Accreditation with ICon.

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