Deputy Head of Conservation, Pitt Rivers Museum
Andrew Hughes is currently the Deputy Head of Conservation at the Pitt Rivers Museum, part of the University of Oxford.
Andrew has over 13 years experience working in museum conservation with 10 years working exclusively with ethnographic collections. As part of a small busy team, his role encompasses everything from pest management and bench work to couriering loaned material and emergency planning.
With an interest in materials testing and identification, Andrew has collaborated on projects testing the effects of historic conservation treatments on Carbon 14 dating, and the effectiveness of current pre treatment cleaning techniques on C14 results. Over recent years Andrew has had increasing involvement with the planning and execution of several large storage projects, and is currently involved with the move of over 70,000 archaeological stone tools and musical instrument to off-site storage, and improving the display/storage of objects publicly accessible in openable drawers withing the museum.