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As part of the redevelopment of the St Albans Museum + Gallery, the Museums recruited a full-time conservator, part-funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund.

Alison Foster is an objects conservator with experience of working with a wide range of materials and collections, including archaeology, ethnography, social history and the decorative arts. She has worked in diverse heritage organisations including the National Trust and Westminster Abbey, and has conserved items from well-known collections such as the Victoria & Albert Museum, Royal Botanic Gardens and the Pitt Rivers Museum.

Alison works with a team of volunteers and placement participants and will be sharing some of the work they do as part of our programme of events and activities - watch this space!

As well as working on the St Albans redevelopment project, Alison is available to undertake external work including for other museums and heritage organisations. Beyond preventive and remedial conservation, Alison is also able to offer collections management services ranging from surveys and condition reports to practical training and consultancy.

So if you have concerns about the condition of items in your collection, or would like some advice or treatment from a local conservator, please get in touch for a quotation for any conservation work.

We look forward to hearing from you!


Alison Foster (Conservator of Collections)


T: 01727 751 825