Emma Payne is an objects conservator based in London & Kent. She graduated from Oxford University with a classics degree, which encouraged her interest in the investigation and preservation of classical art, leading her to pursue UCL’s professional conservation training programme.
The QEST scholarship enabled Emma to complete her final year at UCL, including internships at the V&A and British Museum. Emma graduated from this programme with distinction in September 2013 and was awarded the Ione Gedye Prize for outstanding practical work in archaeological conservation. She is now qualified to work as a professional conservator
Emma is now working towards her PhD. Her research focuses on examination of 19th century plaster casts of ancient Greek and Roman sculptures. She is investigating their condition and significance, including factors such as their relationship with the original sculptures and the techniques employed by the 19th century craftsmen who created the plaster moulds and casts. Alongside her PhD, Emma is a Managing Editor for the Journal of Conservation and Museum Studies (JCMS). She is also keen to continue her practical conservation work and recently returned from a fieldtrip to Italy where she conserved finds from Vulci Etruscan-Roman Archaeological Park.