In a year where people have found increasing solace in, and drawn creative inspiration from the natural world, we invite you to participate in and enjoy Drawn to Nature: Conservation. Join Museum Conservator (Life Collections), Jackie Chapman-Gray, to hear about the art of conservation and discover how we look after natural history specimens, before taking a chance to draw your own using the Museum’s specimens as inspiration with Q+A’s in this online, interactive science and art workshop. Make sure to have your art materials to hand!
Jackie Chapman-Gray is the Conservator for the Life Collections. She specializes in the conservation of natural history collections with emphasis in fluid-preserved specimens, osteological and taxidermy collections as well as preventive conservation. Jackie also supervises conservation interns, work placement students and volunteers, working on exhibitions and answering enquiries from the public, other museums and researchers. Jackie’s interest in Museums started when she was 7 years old on her first visit to a Museum in Melbourne, Australia, where she saw her first mummy and sarcophagus and knew she wanted to work with that type of material. Jackie is particularly interested in the conservation and care of fluid-preserved specimens and cross-over techniques from other conservation specialist fields and how they can be applied to natural history collections.