Senior Conservator
St Paul's Cathedral

Teresa Heady has worked as a textile and ethnographic conservator for over 20 years, first at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, freelancing for several years after leaving the Met, then taking up a position at the Asian Art Museum in San Francisco before emigrating to England to be first year Lecturer at the Textile Conservation Centre at Hampton Court.

From there she moved to be Deputy Head of Collections, Conservation and Care at the Horniman Museum and Gardens. While there for 6 years she also was acting Head and spent several months teaching preventive conservation and conservation in Mongolia, Tibet, Nepal and India. She then went on sabbatical for a year and worked with the Textile and Thangka collections among other conservation duties at the Rikjes Musee voor Volkenkunde in Leiden, the Netherlands.

From there she worked in Nepal as part of a team from UNESCO teaching the conservation of Thangka paintings to a group of Nepalese, Bhutanese, Tibetan and Indian professional conservators, collections care managers and monks from different monasteries throughout the Himalayas. For the past 5 years she has been the Senior Objects conservator at St Paul’s Cathedral, London and has various duties from collections care to the conservation of objects, preventive conservation and environmental monitoring of the entire contents of the Cathedral.

She still spends time teaching thangka conservation in Europe and Asia as well as teaching conservation at the Camberwell School of Art's BA conservation program and is doing a part time masters in the Art and Archaeology of Tibet and the Himalayas at the School for Oriental and African Studies, London.

Talk: Dunhuang Collections, the History of Preservation and Development
Conservation of Chinese Graphical Collections, 13th Apr 2010
RAS London