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Yr Athro Jane Henderson

Yr Athro Jane Henderson

Professor of Conservation

+44 (0)29 2087 5629
3.15, Adeilad John Percival , Rhodfa Colum, Caerdydd, CF10 3EU
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Jane Henderson, BSc, MSc, ACR, FIIC, SFHEA

Reader at Cardiff University.

I have been working in and studying in conservation and collections care in Wales since 1984. I teach on the BSc in Conservation and MSc’s in Collection Care and in Conservation Practice. I currently serve as a trustee on the Welsh Federation of Museum and Art Galleries and The Cynon Valley Museum Trust. I am currently serving on the editorial panel of the Journal of the Institute for Conservation, the ICOM –CC preventive conservation working group and the Journal of the American Institue for conservation special edition on collection care.

I currently represent Icon on the CEN TC 346 WG11, which has looked at a standard for the conservation process and will shortly consider documentation and tendering. I  received support from the Welsh Government via CyMAL to attend these working group meetings.

I represent Welsh Museums on the Welsh Government’s Museum Strategy review group which helps direct government in the formation of museum policy. I am a member of a working group to create a strategy and vision for the conservation of the moveable heritage across Welsh institutions.

I publish on issues related to: conservation decision making; influence for collections care; sustainable conservation practice; teaching and assessing conservation. My interests relate to sustainability, influence and decision making and I am keen to explore both ideas and practice in these areas. I am determined to work towards equality of access within the heritage sector whether in terms of users engaging with collections or managers making choices for heritage policy.

Within Cardiff University I currently sit on University Court having recently completed two terms on Senate representing my school.

I am the Assessment and Feedback Lead for the School of History Archaeology and Religion.

I represented UCU on: the equal pay reviews in 2010/11 and 2014; the REF Eqaulity and diversity review in 2014; equality and diversity commitee from March 2014 - October 2017.

Jane Henderson, BSc, MSc, PACR, FIIC

Reader at Cardiff University.

Research interests

  • Decsion making
  • Delivering excellence in access and use of  collections
  • Influence techniques
  • Disaster or Emergency Preparedness Planning
  • Cultural heritage collections in Wales

Impact and engagement

  • Member of the welsh Government's A Museums Strategy for Wales Steering Group: http://gov.wales/topics/culture-tourism-sport/museums-archives-libraries/museums/strategy/?lang=en
  • European Committee for Standardisation, TC 346 Technical Committee member Working Group 11: Conservation Process
  • Trustee representing conservators the Federation of Museums and Art Galleries Wales
  • Partner with National Museum of Wales and the Welsh Federation of Museums and Galleries in delivering the Conservation Matters in Wales conferences.
  • Research for Spotlight on Museum contributed to the formulation of the Welsh Assembly Government's Museum Strategy 2010
  • Editorial panel Journal of the Institute for Conservation
  • Icom – CC Working Group Preventive Conservation Group
  • National Heritage Science group; member of the training committee
  • Welsh Federation of Museums Small Grants Committee
  • Students from Cardiff University conserve items from the public collections of museums, galleries, historic houses, excavations, libraries and archives.


Education and qualifications

1998-1999 Cardiff University M.Sc. Care of Collections with Distinction

1984-1987 University of Wales B.Sc. Hons Archaeological Conservation second class.

1997-1998 City and Guilds & MTI. Internally Verify the Assessment Process NVQ (D34)

1992 National Examination Board in Occupational Safety and Health. National General Certificate: Occupational Safety & Health (NEBOSH) With Distinction

Career overview

August 2016  - present Reader, Cardiff University

August 2011- August 2016 Senior Lecturer, Cardiff University

June 2011-August 2011 Lecturer, Cardiff University

Sept 2002-June 2011 Professional Tutor, Cardiff University

1998-2011 Consultant, Collections Care Consultancy

1999-August 2002 Grants Officer p/t. Heritage Lottery Fund

1993-1998 Conservation Manager, The Council of Museums in Wales

1991-1993 Archaeology / Antiquities Conservator, The Council of Museums in Wales

1989-1991 Archaeological Conservator, The National Museum of Wales

1987-1989 Self Employed, Cardiff Contract Conservator.

Notable achievements


  • Trustee & Representative For Wales (December 2008 – 2014)
  • Shortlisting panel: The Conservation Awards (2015)
  • Journal Institute Of Conservation Editorial Board  (Oct 2010 - present)
  • Member Ethics Review Group   (2012 – 2014)
  • Assessor Professional Accreditation Conservator PACR   (2003 – 2014)
  • Conference Organiser CF10   (November 2008 – March 2010)
  • Co-Founder Of The Care Of Collections Forum.
  • Secretary Of Accreditation Working Group (1997)
  • Treasurer Of The Joint Accreditation Group   (1998 – 2000)

Museums Libraries and Archives Council (MLA)

  • Museums Accreditation Review Working Group Emergency Planning and Risk Management (2010 –2011)
  • Working group Arts Council England, Museum of London and Birmingham Museums Trust. Risk Awareness Profiling Tool www.raptonline  (2010 - 2011)


  • AHRC peer review panel for applications for funding January 2005-December 2013

Research cluster

Early materials technology and conservation

Anrhydeddau a Dyfarniadau

Winner of school award for best MSc thesis, 1999

Supervisor for winner of Icon student conservator award, 2010

Award for Staff Sustainability, Enriching Student Lives Awards, 2013

Supervisor for winner Icon student conservator award,  2015

Award for Employability,  Enriching Student Lives Award,  2016

Awarder Senior Fellow Higher Education Academy August 2017

Aelodaethau proffesiynol

Elected Fellow of International Institue for Conservation (IIC)

Professionally Accredited conservator ICON

Trustee Welsh Federation of Museums and Art Galleries

Pwyllgorau ac adolygu


  • Chair School HSE Committee (2010 – 2017)
  • Member of school Admissions & Marketing group (2014-present)
  • Member of the School Board (2014-2017)
  • Eco Champion Job Share (2009 – Dec 2012)
  • HISAR Representative Inclusive Curriculum (2009– 2011)
  • Share Senior Tutor MSc      (2008 – present)
  • Consultant To Edward Thomas Archive Conservation & Access Project (2007-2009)
  • Research Ethics Committee For HISAR/ SHARE  (2005 – 2013)
  • Equal Opportunities Representative For Archaeology (2003-2004)
  • Chair Of Equal Opportunities Board (2004)


  • Member of Senate, Cardiff University (2011- 2017)
  • Member of HSE committee, Cardiff University  (2012- present)
  • Executive member UCU and equal opportunities representative  (2014 – 2017)
  • Member of Equality and Diversity Committee, Cardiff University    (2014-2017)
  • School Representative PALET project (2009)




  • Henderson, J., Dawson, A., Naung, U. K. S. and Crossman, A. 2021. Preventive conservation training: A partnership between the UK and Myanmar. Presented at: ICOM-CC 19th Triennial Conference 2021, Beijing, China, 17-21 May 2021Transcending Boundaries: Integrated Approaches to Conservation. ICOM-CC 19th Triennial Conference Preprints, Beijing, 17–21 May 2021, Vol. 19. Triennial Conference Preprints ICOM-CC
  • Henderson, J. and Parkes, P. 2021. Using complexity to deliver standardised educational levels in conservation. Presented at: ICOM-CC 19th Triennial Conference 2021, Beijing, China, 17-21 May 2021Transcending Boundaries: Integrated Approaches to Conservation. ICOM-CC 19th Triennial Conference Preprints, Beijing, 17–21 May 2021, Vol. 19. Triennial Conference Preprints ICOM-CC













  • Henderson, J. and Manti, P. 2008. Improving access to collections for sampling. Presented at: International Institute for Conservation of Historic and Artistic Works Congress, London, UK, 15-19 September 2008 Presented at Saunders, D., Townsend, J. H. and Woodcock, S. eds.Conservation and Access. Contributions to the IIC London Congress, 15-19 September 2008. London: International Institute for Conservation of Historic and Artistic Works pp. 115-119.













Part One Undergraduate Modules

Course Leader:

  • Conservation Skills in Practice - 20 Credits

Contributory Lecturer:

  • Investigating Archaeology – 1 lecture
  • Introduction to Conservation Skills - 1 lecture
  • Essentials of Conservation - 10 weeks of lectures and practicals

Part Two Undergraduate Modules

Course Leader

  • Museums Collections Management - 20 Credits
  • Practical Projects 2 - 40 Credits

Contributory Lecturer:

  • Practical Projects 1 - 40 Credits

Postgraduate Modules

Course Leader

  • Assessment And Design For Collections Care - 40 Credits
  • Making Conservation Decisions – 20 Credits
  • Collection Care in the Museum Environment - 20 Credits
  • Advanced Practical Projects - 40 Credits

Contributory Lecturer

  • Death and Burial – 1 lecture


Surveying the Conservation Landscape

Commissioned by CyMAL and National Library of Wales (NLW), Aberystwyth a report which revisits three key recommendations from the 2000 Lisc report 'The Future of our Recorded Past'. The research considered whether these recommendations had been actioned, remained valid or required further actions. The author reviewed a range of relevant strategy documents and interviewed leading figures representing key stakeholders in the preservation and care of the collections in Wales. The report found that actions had happened under each recommendation, that in general the recommendations were still considered a priority but that each should be adapted in the light of actions in the last decade.http://gov.wales/topics/culture-tourism-sport/museums-archives-libraries/collections-and-conservation/surveying-conservation-landscape/?lang=en

Firing Line

Consultant, with Phil Parkes on Conservation for the development of a new museum in Cardiff Castle

Spotlight on Museums

A comprehensive survey of Wales' museums and collections published by of the Welsh Assembly Government. 106 of Wales's 143 museums participated in the survey, including Amgueddfa Cymru – National Museum Wales sites and independent and local authority museums.  The detailed survey looked at the subject, number and significance of collections, access and learning, audience development and physical aspects such as buildings, facilities and storage. It also provides information on the numbers of staff and volunteers working in the sector, working patterns and finance including admission charges, budgets and funding and support arrangements.  Funded by CyMAL

What's In Store

In 2003 a partnership comprising The Council of Museums in Wales, National Museums & Galleries of Wales and the Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historical Monuments of Wales commissioned a survey of the Welsh archaeological archive. The survey, undertaken by Jane Henderson and Phil Parkes of Cardiff University, aimed at providing evidence of the extent and physical condition of archaeological archives relating to Wales that exist in museums, archaeological units, universities, other institutions and with independent archaeologists. The extensive survey led to a detailed report about the size and condition of the archive and included a number of recommendations. Following consultation within the profession eight recommendations emerged and these are outlined in the report What's in Store? which was published and presented to Alun Pugh, Minister for Culture, Welsh Language and Sport in March 2004.  Funded by Council of Museums in Wales, National Museum Wales, RCAHM

The Future of our Recorded Past

In 2000 commissioned by Libraries and Information Services Council Wales LISC (W)) to offer authoritative advice to the Welsh Assembly Government on the state and status of library and archive collections in Wales. LISC (W) commissioned the survey to examine library and archive collections in repositories in Wales in particular the status of their conservation and preservation needs in the light of the holding institutions' other responsibilities.

Store assessment National Maritime Museum

This project is funded by the National Maritime Museum.


Past projects