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Heather Rogers

Career Path: Director, Conservation & Heritage Science Ltd.
Location: New Zealand

I graduated from the Courtauld Institute of Art, University of London with a Post-Graduate Diploma in Easel Painting Conservation in 1989. After a career as a Painting Conservator I decided to change direction and gain expertise in the wider field of heritage conservation.

What are you doing now?Heather Rogers

Since 2012 I have operated my own company CHS (Conservation and Heritage Science). The MA in Preventive Conservation from Northumbria gave me the ability to practise in a much wider field. Since graduating I have travelled to Chicago to learn about historic mortars and do field work analysing historic painted and plastered surfaces. I did further study in the field of historic building conservation in Sydney by obtaining private tuition from Dr Donald Ellsmore, conservation scientist. I have also extended into sculpture conservation: and attended a mid-career sculpture conservation symposium in Melbourne.

What was it about Northumbria that made you decide to study here?

I visited Gateshead when I was a student at the Courtauld Institute of Art and was impressed by the calibre of its students and staff, particularly in the field of paper conservation.

What was it like studying at Northumbria? 

Distance learning. I met other conservators online. They were from a wide range of countries.

How connected was your course with industry?

Not connected with industry.

What was the best thing about your course?

The science lectures, in particular, Chemistry and Physics.

How did studying at Northumbria help you achieve your career goals/ give your career an edge?

Widened my sphere of practise.

What advice would you give somebody who is considering studying at Northumbria?

Investigate your job opportunities and ask about a post-graduate internships before you start studying. Once you have an aim you will have an incentive to finish and to perform well.

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