The Collections Services department manages and cares for our collections.

Head of Collections Services

Chanté St Clair Inglis

Specific responsibility: overall responsibility for the department and general policy on collections management, care and conservation.

Collections Information

Manages the policies, procedures and standards relating to Collections Information as well as strategic projects to standardise and share collection data.

  • Pam Babes: Collections Information Manager
  • Angus Kneale: Collections Information Systems Manager
  • Jo Thomson: Collections Information Officer
  • Jennifer Jones: Collections Information Officer
  • Katherine Mercer: Collections Information Assistant


Photographs our collections for record, conservation and publication purposes.

  • Neil McLean: Lead Photographer
  • Amy Fokinther: Photographer

Collections Care

Manages the policies, procedures and standards relating to the holistic care of our collections including collections storage, object movement and handling as well as object cleaning, environmental monitoring and a broad programme of integrated pest management. This team develops strategic planning and resources for collections care in liaison with curatorial departments, conservation and facilities management.

  • Anna Starkey: Collections Care Manager
  • Katie Haworth: Preventive Conservator
  • Tatiana Marasco: Assistant Preventive Conservator
  • Kelly Rennie: Collections Technician
  • Chloe Stanton: Collections Technician


Manage the delivery of National Museums Scotland’s incoming and outgoing loans programme, and provide expert support to curatorial departments undertaking acquisitions and disposals. This team provides training and guidance in areas such as couriering, due diligence and Immunity from Seizure to ensure procedures are implemented effectively and the Museum remains accountable for our collections and those in our care on loan.

  • Yvonne Hodgson: Senior Registrar
  • Lyn Stevens: Registrar
  • Liz Mylod: Registrar
  • Lucy Gorringe: Assistant Registrar
  • Susannah Darby: Assistant Registrar

Paper and Textile Conservation

Provides expert conservation for paper and textile collections. Textile collections include costume, tapestry, flags and banners as well as smaller objects like samplers, embroidery and accessories. Paper collections feature works of art, archives, photographs and social history documents including materials as diverse as papyrus and mica.

  • Lynn McClean ACR: Principle Conservator – Paper and Textiles
  • Irene Kirkwood: Textile Conservator
  • Miriam McLeod: Textile Conservator
  • Danielle Connolly: Assistant Textile Conservator
  • Victoria Hanley: Paper Conservator
  • Lisa Cumming ACR: Paper Conservator

Artefact Conservation

Provides expert conservation across a broad range of objects in our collections including archaeological, historical and ethnographic objects.

  • Jane Clark, ACR: Principal Conservator – Artefacts
  • Charles Stable, ACR: Artefacts Conservator
  • Diana de Bellaigue ACR: Artefacts Conservator
  • Stefka Bargazova, ACR: Artefacts Conservator
  • Lydia Messerschmidt: Assistant Conservator

Engineering Conservation

Provides conservation expertise for collections including transport, aircraft and technology. This team also leads a programme of maintenance and care for working objects including engines, models and clocks on exhibition at all sites.

  • Stuart McDonald: Principal Conservator – Engineering
  • Thilo Burgel: Aircraft Conservator
  • Alex Walton: Engineering Conservator
  • Gemma Thorns: Assistant Engineering Conservator

Collection Science

Examines objects with scientific methods to gain information about their condition, technology, history and use. Inorganic and organic materials are analysed by non-destructive and micro-analytical techniques, with metals, ceramics, plastics and natural dyes areas of expertise.

  • Lore Troalen: Analytical Scientist


Manages the Museum’s library collections.

  • Mark Glancy: Information Services Manager
  • Ines Castellano: Assistant Librarian
  • Sarah Dallman: Assistant Librarian
  • Tomke Ortgies-Rae: Assistant Librarian
  • Georgia Rogers: Library & Information Assistant
  • Ross Anderson: Library & Information Assistant
  • Andy McDougall: Library & Information Assistant
  • Morven Donald: Library & Information Assistant
Explore more

Collections Services blog posts

Discover what goes on behind the scenes at the National Museums Collection Centre.

Blog posts from the Library

The secret life of books revealed.

Department Administrator

Lucy Glenny
Tel: 0131 247 4073


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