Marei Hacke


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Marei's interests lie in the characterisation of organic materials, specifically the properties and preservation of polymeric materials such as textiles, paper and plastics. She is working closely together with conservators to test and develop conservation treatments and materials, this may include storage methods, consolidants, adhesives, antioxidants, cleaning or bleaching methods and the critical evaluation of past treatments. Marei is also involved in the identification of colourants on organic materials.

Marei studied Textile Science and Technology at the Universites in Berlin and Manchester. Before joining the Department of Conservation and Scientific Research at the British Museum in March 2007 she spent six months as a fellow at the Smithsonian Museum Conservation Institute.

Current projects

The aqueous light bleaching of discoloured paper>

Investigation into the storage conditions of the British Museum plastic shadow puppets collection

Re-assessment of past treatments on plastic

Interventive conservation of black-dyed organic materials: the problem of metal-polyphenol complexes

Finding an alternative for Nitromors

Madder in Antiquity

External fellowships/ honorary positions/ membership of professional bodies

Member of Modern Materials and Contemporary Art Group of the International Committee of Museums - Committee for Conservation (ICOM-CC)

Recent publications

A.M. Hacke, 'Weighted Silk', Reviews in Conservation, (The International Institute for Conservation of Historic and Artistic Works, 2008, forthcoming)

J. Rivera, P. de Vivies, A.M. Hacke, M. Ballard, M. Drews, P. Mardikian, 'Conserving A Unique Waterlogged Silk Bandana from the H.L. Hunley Submarine (1864)', in AIC 36th Annual Meeting (The American Institute for Conservation of Historic and Artistic Works, Denver, Colorado, April 2008) pp. 21-24

A.M. Hacke and C.M. Carr. 'Time of Flight Secondary Ion Mass Spectrometry (ToF-SIMS) Analysis of Natural Dyestuffs' in Dyes in History and Archaeology DHA26, (Wien, November 2007) pp. 7-11

B.Wills and A.M. Hacke. 'Conservation, Colour and Plant Material in Ancient Egyptian Basketry' in Postprints of ICON Archaeology Group/Fitzwilliam Museum (University of Cambridge) Conference 2007; Decorated Surfaces on Ancient Egyptian Objects, Technology, Deterioration and Conservation (September 2007), pp. 6-9

A.M. Hacke, 'Investigation into the Nature and Ageing of Tapestry Materials' Ph.D. Thesis, (University of Manchester, 2006) pp. 1-392. (PDF free download at

A.M. Hacke and C.M. Carr. 'Investigation into the Nature and Degradation of Historical Wool Tapestries' in Proceedings of the 11th International Wool Textile Research Conference, (University of Leeds, September 2005) pp. 4-9

A.M. Hacke, C.M. Carr, and A. Brown. 'Characterisation of Metal Threads in Renaissance Tapestries' in Scientific Analysis of Ancient and Historic Textiles: Informing Preservation, Display and Interpretation, R. Janaway and P. Wyeth (eds), (Archetype Publications), pp. 71-78

A.M. Hacke, C.M. Carr, A. Brown, and D. Howell, 'Investigation into the Nature of Metal Threads in a Renaissance Tapestry and the Cleaning of Tarnished Silver by UV/Ozone (UVO) Treatment', Journal of Materials Science 38, (2003) pp. 3307-3314