Philip Kevin

Conservator of organic artefacts

Department: Conservation and Scientific Research


+44 (0)20 7323 8252


Philip Kevin joined the British Museum as Organic Artefacts Conservator in 2005 and his areas of expertise include archaeological organics and cabinet making.

His current areas of interest include the conservation of wooden objects, principally archaeological but also historical and ethnographic material, and he has attended the International Course on Wood Conservation Technology (ICWCT) course in Oslo, Norway in 2008 and also the Kraków Summer Institute as part of the Getty’s Panel Paintings Initiative in 2011. Prior to joining the Museum, he worked with musical instruments and furniture. He also has a keen interest in the conservation of ivory, bone, turtle shell and antler.

He gained an MSc in the Conservation of Archaeological and Museum Objects at the Institute of Archaeology, University College London in 2005 and undertook an internship at the British Museum. In 2004 he gained an MA in Principles of Conservation from the Institute of Archaeology.

Previously he worked as a freelance frame conservator at the Victoria and Albert Museum, London and as a  furniture and musical instrument conservation at the Michael Parfett Workshop, London. Philip has also worked freelance as a furniture conservator.

Having trained in carpentry and joinery at Willesden College of Technology, and later in cabinet making at the Metropolitan University London (previously London Guildhall University), he worked as both a locksmith and architectural ironmonger before gaining a BSc (Hons) in Conservation and Restoration, at London Guildhall University, including an internship at the Wallace Collection, London.

Current projects

Conservation of wooden clock cases

Conservation of the Riemenschnieder carved panel

Conservation of the Great Court totems and other ex-case displayed wooden objects

Conservation of Ancient Egyptian, ethnographic and Medieval objects for loans and exhibitions

Archaeological site conservator Amara West, Sudan (New Kingdom 1300 BC) 2012

Previous projects

Conservation of a Medieval citole.

Conservation of Organic material from Ringlemere including an Anglo–Saxon bucket.

Assistant archaeological site conservator Çatalhöyük, Turkey (Neolithic) 2006.

Archaeological site conservator Sidon, Lebanon (continuous occupation from the Early Bronze age) 2010.

External fellowships/ honorary positions/ membership of professional bodies

Member of the Institute of Conservation (ICON) - Archaeology, Metal and Furniture Group.

Member of the International Institute for Conservation of Historic and Artistic Works (IIC).

Recent publications

P. Kevin, 'A Hole in the Bucket: The Technological Investigation and Conservation of a wet composite Anglo-Saxon bucket from Ringlemere, Kent' with , D.Cleere, C. Ward, C. Cartwright, J. Ambers, R. Stacey, poster contribution to the International conference on wet organic archaeological materials (ICOM-WOAM) 10-15 September, 2007

P. Kevin, J. Robinson,Susan La Niece, C.R. Cartwright, C Egerton. 'A Musical Instrument fit for a Queen: The Metamorphosis of a Medieval Citole' The British Museum Technical Bulletin, Volt. 2. 2008

P. Kevin, ‘Uncovering Riemenschneider’s Adoration of the Magi’ poster contribution to the Kraków Summer Institute –  as part of the Getty’s Panel Paintings 2011 

C. Elliott, C.R.Cartwright & P Kevin, 'Maker, Material and Method: Reinstating an Indigenously Made Chair in the British Museum Collection from Nineteenth-Century KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa', The British Museum Technical Bulletin, Volt. 6. 2013

J. Williams, P. Kevin, C.R.Cartwright. J. Norris, 'Sacred souvenir: the Holy Sepulchre models in the British Museum', The British Museum Technical Bulletin, Volt. 7. 2014 (Forthcoming)