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

Suzanne J. Dalewicz-Kitto

Suzanne Dalewicz-Kitto is Conservation Manager at the Royal Armouries in Leeds.

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

Work placements included a general conservator position 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 holds the role of Conservation Manager. As well as caring for the Royal Armouries collection on display and in store at Leeds, we also care for the remaining collection based at the Tower of London.

Through the Armouries, Suzanne has 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 in Valetta, Malta as well as in the preparation and installation of an exhibition in the Frazier Historical Arms Museum, Louisville.

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