Monika Harter

Head of Organic Artefacts Conservation Section

Department: Conservation and Scientific Research


+44 (0)20 7323 8552


Monika is leading and managing the team of conservators who are responsible for the conservation of organic materials and human remains across the British Museum collections (with the exception of works of art on paper).

Monika gained a graduate and post-graduate degree in the conservation of wooden and ethnographic objects from Cologne University of Applied Sciences, Germany, in 1997. Before taking on the current role in 2013, she worked at museums in Norway, the US and Germany, at the Horniman Museum, London, and in the role of International Conservation Project Coordinator at the British Museum. Monika is particularly interested in the conservation of objects from indigenous and world cultures, in conservation ethics and in the care and preventive conservation of collections.


Current projects

Move of the Africa, Oceania and Americas collections to new storage facilities.

Conservation documentation processes in the British Museum.

International touring exhibition and loans processes.


Previous projects

Conservation liaison for the Zayed National Museum project.


External fellowships/ honorary positions/ membership of professional bodies

Member of IIC, ICOM-CC and accredited member of ICON (ACR). Assistant coordinator of the ICOM-CC Objects from Indigenous and World Cultures working group.



Monika Harter, Naomi Bergmans, Verena Kotonski, Barbara Wills: Two Development Opportunities for the Price of One: Passing on Conservation Skills. In ICOM-CC 18th Triennial Conference Preprints, Copenhagen, 04-08 September 2017, ed. J. Bridgeland, Paris: International Council of Museums

Louise Bacon, Georgina Garrett, Monika Harter, Felicity Bolton: Portable X-Ray Fluorescence for the Examination of Taxidermy Specimens at the Horniman Museum: Exploring the Possibilities. Collection Forum 25(1) (2011): 107–120.

Monika Harter, Rolf Killius, Georgina Garrett, Louise Bacon: Utsavam - Music from India at the Horniman Museum: Fieldwork and Conservation. ICOM Committee for Conservation, 15th Triennial Conference, New Delhi, 22-26 September 2008, Preprints, ed. Janet Bridgeland, Allied Publishers Pvt Ltd, New Delhi (2008) Vol.1 206.