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

Suzanne J. Dalewicz-Kitto

Suzanne Dalewicz-Kitto is Preventive Conservator at the Royal Armouries in Leeds.

Suzanne graduated from Cardiff University with a BSc.(Hons) in Archaeological Conservation in 1994. During this time she worked as an onsite conservator on digs both in the UK and on Gozo, Malta. Student work placements 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 for a month as an onsite conservator in El Raqqa, Syria on behalf of Nottingham University. In 1999 she worked on the collection of the King’s Regiment Museum, Liverpool and my interest in arms and armour was truly caught.

Suzanne has been employed at the Royal Armouries since 2001.
She gained her conservation accreditation (ACR) in 2003 from the Institute of Conservation specialising in arms and armour and she currently is an assessor and mentor with the Institutes accreditation scheme. In the past she has sat on the committees of the UK Institute of Conservation (ICON) Archaeology and Metals sections.

In 2006 she became Conservation Manager and in 2008 Suzanne gained her MA in Museum Studies with the University of Leicester.

From August 2012 until January 2014 Suzanne was interim Head of Collections and Research before returning to her role as Conservation Manager.

From April 2017 Suzanne will take up a new role as the Royal Armouries Preventive Conservator and is looking forward to the challenge of supporting the Royal Armouries three sites.

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