Saray Naidorf

Ceramics, Glass and Metals Conservator

Department: Conservation



Saray is an Inorganic objects conservator who is a specialist in metal, glass and ceramic objects. She conserves a variety of inorganic objects for exhibition, loan, storage and publication, including the examination, documentation, survey and loan assessment of the collections. Although this work covers all the collection, both historical and archaeological, Saray has a particular interest in archaeological materials, jewellery, Greek and Egyptian metal work. She is responsible for supervising Conservation students from a number of Institutions.

Saray graduated from University College London in 2007 where she completed her MA and MSc in Conservation for Archaeology and Museums’ programme. Since then she has worked at the British Museum, in the Department of Conservation, gaining a permanent contract as an inorganic-material conservator in 2008.

Current projects

Conservation of the Chattel Park hoard

Conservation of an Etruscan water flask from the Greece & Rome Department

Metals project supervisor for the new Islamic Gallery

Exhibition Conservator of the Room 3 temporary exhibitions

Laser cleaning research for metals objects

Micro-excavating and processing coin hoards

Conservation of objects for the Sutton Hoo Visitor Centre and of metal objects for Room 41

Conservation of archaeological and historical metal objects in the collection (copper alloy, iron, lead, silver, gold etc.)

Advising on storage, permanent/temporary exhibition, environmental conditions and loan of the collection

Previous projects

Vale of York hoard.

Exhibition Conservator for the Room 2 objects from Room 41 Assessment and conservation of metal artefacts for the refurbishment of Room 41.

Conservation of Chinese porcelain (Sir Percival David Collection) for the refurbishment of Room 95.

Survey of the Life Reserve copper alloy artefacts from the Greek and Rome collection.

Conservation of the Ringlemere metal objects and identification of mineralised organic remains.

In 2007, Saray took part in the first year of the Conservators without Borders project in Kythira, Greece funded by the UCL Futures. She worked at Domuztepe (Turkey) as the objects conservator for the archaeological site in 2008.

External fellowships/ honorary positions/ membership of professional bodies

Member of the Institute of Conservation (ICON)