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Lorraine Cornish

Natural History Museum
Head of Conservation
London, Kensington and Chelsea, United Kingdom
Lorraine is Head of Conservation at the Natural History Museum managing a team of 22 working across five conservation facilities which care for the museum's 80 million collection items. She led a team which recently won the prestigious 2016 Keck award for Conservation by the International Institute of Conservation (IIC) She has completed a number of collections assessment projects for other institutions including the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History, Washington, The Institute of Archaeology Jakarta and Rabat Museum Morocco. Lorraine completed a comprehensive inspection and review of 15 European Museums and developed a benchmark assessment mechanism to evaluate Museums for their Collections Management capabilities. Lorraine took a 3 year career break between 2011-2013 working in Saudi Arabia as Head of Museum and Exhibits for the King Abdulaziz Center for World Culture, a new build project in the Eastern Province. Lorraine was responsible for recruitment and development of specialist staff, planning and building a collection, development of a suite of conservation studios, developing policies and producing a set of 6 exhibit spaces. Lorraine has a Higher National Diploma in Geology, BA Degree in Humanities, an MSc in Quaternary Climate Change and most recently a Certificate for Business Coaching. Her research specialisms include conservation and cleaning of objects using lasers.