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UP Arts Objects Conservation Facility


UP Arts Objects Conservation Facility
University of Pretoria
Hatfield Main Campus
Old Arts Building 1-13
Telephone: + 27 12 420 5181
Fax: + 27 12 420 4918



Sian Tiley-Nel is the Chief Curator of the Mapungubwe Collection in the Department of UP Arts at the University of Pretoria. Qualified and trained in Archaeology, Applied Anthropology, and Museum Science in 1997, she has specialised in the conservation of archaeological objects and the restoration of ceramics. She also governs the management of the UP Arts Objects Conservation Facility, responsible for the conservation of ceramics, glass and metals of the museum art and heritage collections of the University of Pretoria. Besides the curation and conservation of the Mapungubwe Collection, she is also Chairperson of the Museums Committee co-ordinating museum governance and works with a team of curators on projects, exhibition s and advises on the practical and preventive conservation of the University of Pretoria Museums.  Since 2004, she has received technical conservation training from The South African Institute for Objects Conservation in the Eastern Cape. She is a member of the Professional Association of southern African Archaeologists (ASAPA) and a member of the South African Guild of Ceramics Conservators and Restorers. Sian has also published widely both in the academic and public sector on the Mapungubwe archaeological collection.

Isabelle McGinn is the UP Arts Objects Conservator in the Department of UP Arts, her primary responsibility is to perform remedial conservation (reconstruct, repair, restore and conserve museum and other objects) of low-fired and vitreous ceramics, stone, glass, metal and metal alloys, using professional, ethical preservation and conservation techniques so as to enhance the quality, condition and significance of the UP Arts and Heritage Collections. Her formal qualifications include two honours degrees in Archaeology and Anatomy, as well as a Masters in Anatomy. She is a certified member of the SA Institute for Objects Conservation and is a member of the South African Guild for Ceramic Restorers & Conservators