About Us

The Podcast

We talk about all sorts of things from the perspective of conservation professionals, from museum trends and new technology to the big issues like pay and staying safe at work. Feel free to listen even if you’re not a conservator though – we welcome people from all sorts of backgrounds!

Why The C Word? In some museums conservation can be a bit of a naughty word but we think it ought to be celebrated. In our working lives we’re surrounded by c-words: conserving, curating, collecting, caring, consolidating, curing, creating, condition checking, and of course: conservators.

The Hosts

Jenny Mathiasson
Permanent Host

Jenny is a Swedish born conservator with an affinity for ethnography, archaeology, and No. 15 scalpel blades. She graduated from Cardiff in 2012 and has worked all over the UK. Doubles and triples as illustrator, crafter and writer by day, and Mary Poppins by night.

Kloe Rumsey
Permanent Host

Kloe graduated from Cardiff University in 2013 is slowly making a career as an “emerging professional”. She loves organics, and the use of humidity as a force for good. Her favourite adhesive is Klucel G and she is probably the only Belly Dancing Conservator in the country.

Christina Rozeik
Occasional Host

Christina has worked on everything from animal mummies to Wimshurst machines, and skis to Greek vases since graduating from UCL in 2005. She has a day job in communications … and another day job as a conservator, tutor, and editor. She is currently obsessed by cyclododecane, soft mounts, and conservators in fiction.

The Wider Team

Jane Henderson
Agony Aunt

Jane grew through her mistakes from an archaeological to a preventive conservator: after unsuccessfully trying to enforce a 55%RH rule across a damp Wales and giving advice in Dr. Martens and black nail polish she revisited her approach. Now she focuses on pragmatic, context dependant, influential decision-making. She teaches at Cardiff University and is insanely proud of their graduates.

Benjamin Fox
Sound Engineer

Fox has been the technical backbone of various podcasts (both audio and video) since his time as a student at Edinburgh Napier University. In between messing around with audio cables he sculpts and casts miniatures for his company, Fox Box. Oh and he also cooks a mean lasagne.

Additional Hosts

We welcome guest hosts and interviewees — get in touch if you’d like to be on the show.

The Disclaimer

We try not to upset our employers so we do our best not to involve them in the podcast. While we talk about our personal experiences a lot we do not name specific organisations, people, or events unless it’s directly relevant (such as a news story, review, or resource/reference material). Views expressed are our own and not those of our employers (past, present, or future). This disclaimer also applies to our interviewees. Have a cup of tea and enjoy the show.

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