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Karina Acton

Senior Objects Conservator

Bachelor of Applied Science - Conservation of Cultural Materials, specialisation in Objects Conservation, University of Canberra

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Karina, who holds a Bachelor of Applied Science from the University of Canberra, joined ICS in 2007 as a Senior Objects Conservator. Karina has considerable Karina Acton - cleaning a sculptureexperience not only in object and artefact conservation, but also in collections management and preventive conservation. Her extensive objects conservation experience extends to a wide variety of material types, including metals, wood, leather, fibres, ceramic, stone, glass and plastics. She has worked on a wide variety of object types including social history, art, technological, maritime, industrial, ethnographic and indigenous collections. Karina has particular experience in the conservation of archaeological artefacts, including the evaluation and conservation of waterlogged archaeological remains. She also regularly undertakes conservation work on outdoor sculptures and industrial items. This work includes condition assessments, maintenance schedules and the provision of recommendations for future care and maintenance.

Although her primary focus is the conservation of objects and archaeological artefacts, Karina has considerable experience with exhibition design, installation and maintenance, and management of objects while in storage. Her work in this area includes the preparation of objects for display in temporary, travelling and permanent exhibitions, providing conservation advice for exhibition development, display furniture and materials and the installation of exhibitions and displays. Karina can also advise on best practice methods of display, security and object support.

In addition to undertaking conservation treatments and advising on the conservation and stabilisation of archaeological remains, Karina has provided training sessions for conservation teams working with this type of material.