Conservator of Organic Artefacts
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Pippa Cruickshank is the Leathersellers’ Company Conservator of Organic Materials. She specialises in the conservation of textiles, in particular archaeological, ethnographic and painted textiles, Inuit sea-mammal gut artefacts and amber. She is the Studio Manager of the Textile and Fibres Studio and responsible for the supervision of staff and interns.
Her special interests include the use of adhesives in textile conservation and textiles made from plant fibres. She also carries out research into the technology, condition, deterioration and appropriate treatment of artefacts, in liaison with scientists, curators and other specialists, and advises on the condition, conservation, storage and display, of a wide range of organic artefacts. She acts as a lead liaison conservator for major galleries, exhibitions and loans.
- Survey of British Museum’s collection of Inuit gut garments and artefacts to assess the collection for condition, necessary conservation treatment and storage
- Ongoing research into textiles made from plant fibres including flax
- Re-evaluation of amber conservation treatments
- Act as the conservator link in a science PhD research project looking into potential non-aqueous stabilization methods for iron-tannate black dyed textiles
- Lead conservation liaison for the exhibition, Shakespeare: staging the world, 2012.
- Conservation of a rare ravens tail blanket and several twined cedar bark cloaks and blankets from the North West Coast of America
- Conservation of Egyptian painted linen shrouds
- Research into flax and linen in Croatia
- Conservator on an archaeological excavation in Jordan, a first–third century AD cemetery site with fragmentary remains of textile and leather shrouds
- Re-storage projects of fragmentary prehistoric Swiss Lakes textiles and Anglo-Saxon Sutton Hoo textiles
- Spent three months working at the Canadian Conservation Institute (CCI) in Ottawa in 1996, as the core of a Winston Churchill Travelling Fellowship looking into the use of adhesives in textile conservation in Canada
- British Museum co-ordinator for the international five-day Professional Development Workshop for textile conservators “Adhesives Today” held in 2002, organised jointly by the Victoria and Albert Museum, the Canadian Conservation Institute and the British Museum
- Participated and presented a demonstration at the CCI Adhesives and Consolidants Symposium 2011 in Ottawa, Canada
- Museums Association Conservation Certificate dissertation on the conservation of a group of model Eskimo kayaks involving research and treatment of Inuit sea-mammal intestine
- Conservation of Inuit sea-mammal gut parkas
- Conservation of a badly degraded North American black-dyed skin bag
- Conservation of amber, including investigation into suitable adhesives and consolidants in collaboration with scientists.
External fellowships/ membership of professional bodies
- Churchill Fellow, 1996
- Awarded Professional Accreditation from the Institute of Conservation, ICON, in 1999
- Member of the London-based Textile Focus Group composed of members from principal textile collections-based museums in London.
P. Cruickshank, ‘Flax in Croatia: traditional production methods, the use and care of linen in folk costumes and implications for museum conservation’, Textile History 42/2 (2011) 239-260. DOI: dx.doi.org/10.1179/174329511X13123634653983
C. Higgitt, S. Harris, C. Cartwright, and P. Cruickshank, ‘Assessing the potential of historic archaeological collections: a pilot study of the British Museum’s Swiss lake dwelling textiles’, British Museum Technical Research Bulletin 5 (2011) 81-94
H. Wilson, P. Cruickshank, M. Hacke, R. Stacey, C. Carr, V. Daniels, and M. Rigout, M., ‘Investigation of non-aqueous remedial treatments for iron-tannate dyed textiles’, Ethnographic Collections, 16th Triennial Conference, Lisbon ICOM-CC (2011)
P. Cruickshank, and H. Morgan, ‘Lining a banana fibre belt - a cool vacuum table technique’ in Readings in Conservation. Changing views of textile conservation, ed. M.M. Brooks and D.D. Eastop, The Getty Conservation Institute, Los Angeles (2011) 501-511
P. Cruickshank, D. Romanek, and V. Saiz Gomez, ‘Arctic survival’, British Museum Magazine 69 (2011) 52-53
H. Cutts, L. Harrison, C. Higgit, and P. Cruickshank, ‘The image
revealed: study and conservation of mid-nineteenth-century
Ethiopian church painting‘,
British Museum Technical Research Bulletin 4 (2010) 1-17
P. Cruickshank and V. Saiz Gomez, ‘An early gut parka from the Arctic: its past and current treatment’, For ICON-ethno scraping gut and plucking feathers: the deterioration and conservation of feather and gut materials (2009) dancull.wordpress.com/2010/11/10/scraping-gut-and-plucking-feathers/
P. Cruickshank, V. Daniels, and J. King, ‘A Great Lakes pouch: black-dyed skin with porcupine quillwork’, British Museum Technical Research Bulletin 3 (2009) 63-72
P. Cruickshank and Monique Pullan, ‘Feathered gods go on tour’, Journal of Museum Ethnography 2, Special Issue: Encounters with Polynesia: Exhibiting the Past in the Present, Museum Ethnographers Group (2009) 69-79.
P.Cruickshank, ‘Flax to Linen’, British Museum Magazine 61 (2008) 50-52.
P. Cruickshank, H. Delaunay, and L. Harrison, ‘Painted textiles and canvas paintings: a collaborative approach to lining and mounting’, The Conservator 30 (2007) 5-18
P. Cruickshank, ‘Stingless Fabrics’, British Museum Magazine 57 ( 2007) 48-50.
P. Cruickshank, ‘From Plant to Textile. Nettle Fibre Textiles’, HALI 145 (2006) 64-67.