Penny Byrne is a specialist ceramics conservator/restorer 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 1993.

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

Since 2001 she has undertaken numerous conservation projects including onsite conservator for the Casselden Place archaeological dig in 2002, and more recently was lead onsite conservator for The Mistletoe Hotel archaeological dig at McKenzie Street.

She has extensive ceramic artefact conservation/restoration experience, and strong skills in project management, and client liaison.

She is a Heritage Victoria Registered Consultant.

She is a 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 - Conservation of ceramics and exhibitions installation conservator

Australian Centre for the Moving Image - Exhibition installation conservator, and conservation of multi-material objects

Melbourne Museum - Kodak Camera Collection project conservator

RMIT University - Capitol Theatre re-development

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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