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Alison Hopper Bishop, Museum Conservation Officer

Alison Hopper Bishop leads the conservation and technical team

Alison Hopper Bishop

Alison Hopper Bishop – Museum Conservation Officer

We’re constantly improving the state of collection care at RAMM. When we moved most of the stored collections into a new off-site store, it was the beginning of a long-term project to improve the care of over 1 million objects held in store – this work has to go on behind the scenes while we are supporting RAMMs public programme of exhibitions and loans.

Currently we’re concentrating on repacking the Costume and Textile collection to make it more accessible to visitors and researchers, improving the storage facilities at the industrial unit where we store the Archaeological Archive, and re-housing large parts of the Natural History collections that had been stored in very cramped conditions while they were still at RAMM. We are also conserving objects to change over some of the more delicate or light-sensitive items in the ‘permanent’ gallery displays. In July 2014 you’ll find members of the conservation team back in the galleries in a ‘Conservation in Action’ activity for archaeology fortnight.

Contact

Phone: 01392 265307

Email: a.hopperbishop@exeter.gov.uk

Address: Royal Albert Memorial Museum & Art Gallery, Queen Street, Exeter EX4 3RX

Biography

Trained at Lincoln College of Art (now Lincoln University) in Decorative Arts Conservation, followed by completing a BSc in Archaeological Conservation at UCL Institute of Archaeology (London). I had brief periods of working in conservation departments around the UK (Lincoln, Salisbury, English Heritage in London), as well as site conservation work out in Turkey, before arriving in Exeter as ‘Archaeological Conservator’. Now Head of Department.

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