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Dr Melanie Rimmer 


2007-2010            PhD, Cardiff University

2006-2007            MSc Geoarchaeology, University of Reading

2003-2006            BSc Natural Science, University of Durham


2010-present         Research Associate, Cardiff University

Awards and grants

2007-2010            Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) Collaborative Doctoral Award

2006-2007            Natural Environment Research Council (NERC) Masters studentship


'Quantifying Chloride Distributions in Archaeological Iron' (with poster), CHARISMA Joint Users Meeting, OCW-RCE, Amsterdam, Netherlands, 29th November 2012

'Measurement matters! Quantifying corrosion and damage for archaeological iron', Conservation Research Seminar, Department of Archaeology and Conservation, Cardiff University, Cardiff, 15th November 2012

'Evidence-based condition-monitoring strategy for preservation of heritage iron project', Conservation Science for Historic House Collections, 4th annual English Heritage, National Trust, Historic Royal Palaces joint research seminar,Hampton Court Palace, London, 2nd November 2012

'Conserving iron: what science can do for us', Conservation Research Seminar, Department of Archaeology and Conservation, Cardiff University, Cardiff, 17th November 2011

‘Reassessing deoxygenated alkaline treatments for archaeological iron objects: effectiveness and risks’, Research Seminar, Department of Conservation and Scientific Research, The British Museum, London, 6th December 2010

‘Residues from alkaline sulphite treatment and their potential effect on the corrosion of archaeological iron’, Metal 2010 conference, Charleston, South Carolina USA, 11th October 2010

‘The effectiveness of chloride removal from archaeological iron using alkaline deoxygenated treatments’, Archaeological Iron Conservation Colloquium, Stuttgart, 25th June 2010

‘The conservation of archaeological iron: developing new approaches to old methods’, Postgraduate Research Day, School of History and Archaeology, Cardiff, 19th May 2010

 ‘Re-evaluating the treatment of archaeological iron using deoxygenated alkaline solutions’, ICON CF10 – Conservation in Focus, Cardiff, 26th March 2010

‘Developing and Testing a Model for the Treatment and Storage of Archaeological Iron; Or: A Tale of Two Cities’, AHRC Regional Event, ‘Partnership and Collaborative Working’, Bristol, 5th November 2009

 ‘Desalination of archaeological iron with deoxygenated alkaline solutions: early results’, ICON Archaeology group conference, ‘Archaeological Iron: Reflection and Outlook’, London, 11th September 2009

‘Location, Location, Location: Its effects on the Collaborative Doctoral Award’, London CDA network meeting, The British Museum, London, 10th June 2009