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Professor Jane Henderson

Professor Jane Henderson

Professor of Conservation

School of History, Archaeology and Religion

+44 (0)29 2087 5629
3.15, John Percival Building, Colum Drive, Cardiff, CF10 3EU
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Jane Henderson, BSc, MSc, ACR, FIIC, SFHEA

I am a Professor of Conservation and the Secretary General International Institute for Conservation. I teach on Cardiff University’s BSc and MSc degrees in Conservation and Collection Care. I serve on the editorial panel of the Journal of the Institute for Conservation, am a co-opted member on the trustee board of the Welsh Federation of Museum and Art Galleries and am a visiting Researcher of the Scientific Conservation Institute in Beijing.  I serve on the European standards body CEN TC 346 WG11 and on the BSI standard group B/560 concerned with the conservation of Tangible Cultural heritage.

Research interests

  • Decision 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:
  • European Committee for Standardisation, TC 346 Technical Committee member Working Group 11: Conservation Process
  • Co-opted 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 17th Melbourne, 18th Copenhagen, 19th Beijing.
  • National Heritage Science group; member of the training committee
  • Welsh Federation of Museums Small Grants Committee


Jane Henderson,  BSc, MSc, PACR, FIIC.

Secretary General of the International Institute for Conservation of Historic and Artistic Works (IIC)

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 am currently serving on the editorial panel of the Journal of the Institute for Conservation and the ICOM –CC preventive conservation working group and am the Secretary General and Company Secretary for the International Institute for Conservation of Historic and Artistic Works. I have acted as Trustee for The Welsh Federation of Museums and Art Galleries and remain a co-opted member, the Collections Trust, ICON, Recreate and the Cynon Valley Museum Trust.

II currently represent Icon and Cardiff University on the CEN TC 346 WG11, and British Standards Institute Committee B/560 Conservation of tangible cultural heritage. CEN TC 346 has created BS EN 16853:2017 Conservation process. Decision making, planning and implementation and is currently working on standards for terminology and procurement. I received support from the Welsh Government via CyMAL to attend some of 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 have sat on University Court and have completed two terms on Senate representing my school.

Professional recognition

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

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

Honours and awards

  • Awarded Senior Fellow Higher Education Academy August 2017
  • Award for Employability,  Enriching Student Lives Award,  2016
  • Supervisor for winner Icon student conservator award,  2015
  • Award for Staff Sustainability, Enriching Student Lives Awards, 2013
  • Supervisor for winner of Icon student conservator award, 2010
  • Winner of school award for best MSc thesis, 1999

Professional memberships

  • Elected Fellow of International Institue for Conservation (IIC)
  • Professionally Accredited conservator ICON
  • Trustee Welsh Federation of Museums and Art Galleries
  • Member ICOM,

Academic positions

August 2019 - present Professor of Conservation, Cardiff University

August 2016  - August 2019 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

Speaking engagements


March MuseumPests 2021 Virtual Meeting Link here start 2h18mins


November IIC Conservation and Philosophy: Intersections and Interactions

November IIC Congress Edinburgh Current practices and Challenges in built heritage conservation: Session Chair, presenter and delivered closing remarks. Link to presentation Closing remarks 

September ICCROM - Athabasca University - IIC Heritage Conservation Learning in the COVID World Moderator. Link here

August ACHS 2020 FUTURES - Association of Critical Heritage Studies 5th Biennial Conference


Novermber AICCM National Conference Melbourne

June Icon 2019 Conference New Perspectives: Contemporary Conservation Thinking and Practice Belfast  Keynote

May American Institue for Conservation AIC’s 47th Annual Meeting in Uncasville, CT. Centering Value in Collection Care

May Integrated Pest Management for Cultural Heritage 4th international conference Stockholm

February AICCM Managing Risks to Collections Melbourne Keynote

Committees and reviewing


Editorial Panel Journal of the Institue for Conservation

Technical Commitee IIC Congress 2020

Guest editor Journal of the American Institue Special Issue on Collection Care (2017) Editorial


  • 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. 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
  • Introduction to Conservation Skills

Part Two Undergraduate Modules

Course Leader

  • Museums Collections Management - 20 Credits

Contributory Lecturer:

  • Conservation Skills in the profession
  • Advanced Practical skills

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

Contributory Lecturer

  • Practical Projects 2
  • Advanced Practical Projects
  • Death and Commemoration


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.

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.