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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,Professor of Conservation BSc, MSc, ACR, FIIC, SFHEA

I am the Secretary General International Institute for Conservation.

I teach on the 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. I am internationally recognised, I am a visiting Researcher of the Scientific Conservation Institute in Beijing and 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

    • European Committee for Standardisation, TC 346 Technical Committee member Working Group 11: Conservation ProcessJournal Institute of Conservation Editorial Board  Oct 2010 - present
    • ICON Trustee & Representative For Wales 2008 – 2014
    • Editorial panel Journal of the Institute for Conservation 2010 - present
    • 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
    • Icom – CC Working Group Preventive Conservation Group 17th Melbourne, 18th Copenhagen, 19th Beijing.
    • Trustee then cooptee of the Welsh Federation of Museums and Art Galleries
    • Welsh Federation of Museums Accreditation and Covid Recovery Grants assessor
    • Former Trustee for the Collections Trust, Recreate, and the Cynon Valley Museum Trust.

    • Cardiff University
      • Member of Senate & Court 2011- 2017
      • Member of the Health Safety and Environment Committee 2012- 2017
      • Member Equality and Diversity Committee 2014 – 2017
      • Chair School HSE Committee (2010 – 2017)
      • Member of the School Board (2014-2017)
      • Eco Champion Job Share (2009 – Dec 2012)
      • Research Ethics Committee For HISAR/ SHARE  (2005 – 2013)
      • Equal Opportunities Representative For Archaeology (2003-2004)
      • Chair Of Equal Opportunities Board (2004)


Jane Henderson,  BSc, MSc, PACR, FIIC.

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.

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

  • Winner Plowden medal for significant contribution to the advancement of the conservation profession 2021 video interview
  • Shortlisted Chwarae Teg Womenspire, Woman in STEM 2021
  • Shortlisted Personal Tutor of the Year, Enriching Student Lives Awards, 2020
  • Awarded Senior Fellow Higher Education Academy August 2017
  • Award for Employability,  Enriching Student Lives Award,  2016
  • Supervisor for winner Icon student conservator award,  2015 video
  • 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


November Dpt Archaeology & Conservation Cardiff University The Future of out past? A conservator's perspective Presentation here

October Icon Book and Paper Group  'Inconvenient questions and the question of neutrality' Keynote

September From Conservation to Conversation - Rethinking collection care. 'The pitfalls and Possibilities of standardisation' Workshop speaker Presentation here

September Icon - Pest Odyssey 2021:The Next Generation 'Integrated Pest Management: from Monitoring to Control' Lecture

July Cardiff University Learning and Teaching Confernce 'When Placements can't happen' Presentation here  Blog here 

June  Art University of Isfahan, Iran 'The Role of curators and other stakeholders in conservation decisions'. Keynote

June  ICCROM-Athabasca University - IIC Pandemic insights: revealing the essential of heritage conservation -   Moderator

June Icon Emerging Professionals Network Covering Lockdown-sized CV Gaps: Opportunities and Challenges during the COVID-19 Pandemic”. panelist

May Icom-CC Beijing Theme: Transcending Boundaries: Integrated Approaches to Conservation

  • Preventive Conservation Training a Partnership Between the UK and Myanmar
  • Using complexity to deliver standardised education

March MuseumPests 2021 Virtual Meeting Link here start 2h18mins


November IIC Conservation and Philosophy: Intersections and Interactions 'Rethinking Authenticity to Disrupt Conservation Practice' Link here

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

October 2020 Cardiff People First : Social model of disability & what that means for disability and heritage access. Panellist

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  Critical Conservation Futures: New narratives for a profession and the process -Engaged Conservation Speaker Link Here

June 2020 Cardiff University: Archaeology 100  Virtual Festival What is the 'It; we conserve? Link here


November AICCM: National Conference Melbourne Beyond Materials: Teaching a professional approach to collection care Presentation

June Icon 2019 Conference New Perspectives: Contemporary Conservation Thinking and Practice Belfast: Who do we exclude when we keep things for the future? Keynote

May American Institute for Conservation AIC’s 47th Annual Meeting in Uncasville, CT.: Centering Value in Collection Care Workshop presentation and host

May Integrated Pest Management for Cultural Heritage 4th International conference Stockholm Presentation

February AICCM Managing Risks to Collections Melbourne Keynote

February ICOM CC Universidade Nova de Lisboa Reflecting on theory, history, and ethics in the conservation of paintings: from sources to the wider social context  Conservation beyond an endangerment narrative with Pia Edqvist Remote presentation Abstracts here


July Icon Pest Odyssey  Oxford

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














  • 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


Spotlight on Museums 2020

Commissioned by Welsh Government (MALD) as PI working with Phil Parkes and the Federation of Museums and Art Galleries of Wales to collect data, statistics and information about Welsh museums and their work to enable the articulation of the value of the impacts they make and inform policy. The research will be used to help with strategic planning for museums in Wales, help museums benchmark with other museums and assist the Welsh Assembly Government to determine policy priorities.

Surveying the Conservation Landscape

Commissioned by Welsh Government (CyMAL) and National Library of Wales (NLW), Aberystwyth to produce 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. I 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 research 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 2011

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 was funded by the National Maritime Museum.