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5 June 2015

Introducing Kayleigh Fuller: Staffordshire Hoard Conservator

Greetings everybody! My name is Kayleigh Fuller and recently I began my new post as a general objects conservator with the Staffordshire Hoard Project.

Kayleigh Fuller lifting a Bronze object at an archaeological dig in  Kaman Kalehöyük, 2012

Lifting a Bronze object at Kaman Kalehöyük, 2012

I was trained at Durham University, firstly with an undergraduate degree in Chemistry and Archaeology, and then a Masters in Conservation. My work history is varied and for the last two and a half years I have been the technician for the Art Conservation Masters programme at Northumbria University.

Aside from this I have completed internships and work placements with the Royal Albert Memorial Museum in Exeter, the Japanese Institute of Anatolian Archaeology in Turkey and the Wiltshire and Swindon History Centre Conservation Team.

This is not my first time with the project as I completed a two week professional placement back in August 2013, towards the end of Phase I. You can check out my previous blog on the website. This involved cleaning many of exquisite finds and ensuring they were ready for display and further study.

K237 Gold sheet with filigree decoration and round cabochon garnet setting, before conservation.

K237 Gold sheet with filigree decoration and round cabochon garnet setting, before conservation.

 

K237 Gold sheet with filigree decoration and round cabochon garnet setting, after cleaning.

This time I am involved in additional things such as reassembly of the foil fragments and bringing together various parts of items in the hoard to make one piece, such as a pommel cap. A lot of the Phase II work supports the overall cataloguing aim through documentation, regular audits and grouping exercises. One of the first tasks I was given was to aid with the practical the reassembly of the zoomorphic frieze Giovanna Fregni has been working on. You can get a peak of it in the most recent video blogs and soon it will be on display.

Hoard conservators at a Meet the Expert Day

Meet the Experts, May 2015

One of the most exciting parts of the role is being able to share our findings and discoveries with the public. This happens during public outreach activities such as ‘Meet the Expert’ and behind the scenes tours so be sure to check them out when they are next happening.

Kayleigh Fuller

Staffordshire Hoard Conservator