Penny Byrne is an objects conservator specialising in ceramics and built heritage conservation with over twenty years experience working in the cultural heritage sector in Australia and the United Kingdom.

Her conservation training was undertaken at West Dean College in the UK, which included an internship at the Victoria and Albert Museum in London. She also gained broad based experience in built heritage conservation and objects conservation in the UK, before returning to Australia in 1991.

She has worked for many major Australian cultural institutions including The National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne Museum, Heritage Victoria and The State Library of Victoria.

She has extensive ceramic artefact conservation/restoration experience, and strong skills in project management, and client liaison. She also has extensive experience in art and heritage collection relocation.

She is a Heritage Victoria Registered Consultant.

She is a Professional Member of the Australian Institute for the Conservation of Cultural Materials and adheres to the AICCM Code of Practice and Code of Ethics.

Clients include:

  • Shepparton Art Museum - Collection relocation consultant, conservation of ceramics, exhibitions installation conservator
  • Australian Centre for the Moving Image - Exhibition installation conservator, and conservation of multi-material objects
  • Melbourne Museum - Object Conservator, and Kodak Camera Collection project conservator
  • RMIT University - Capitol Theatre re-development - Heritage glass colunmns conservation project
  • Monash University Museum of Art - Ceramics and glass conservation, exhibitions installation conservator
  • Abbotsford Convent Foundation - Heritage Tiles Conservation Projects
  • Jewish Museum of Australia - Development of Conservation Management Plan, collection condition assessment
  • Private clients - conservation/restoration of ceramics, glass and related materials
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