Vicen Carrió studied Biology at the University of Valencia (Spain) before moving to Edinburgh in 1992. Having first worked with Professor Euan Clarkson in Silurian gastropod fossils, she gained funding to study the conservation of fossils, minerals and rocks. Since 1997 she has developed her career in conservation and has undertaken research in different areas of the collection, presenting numerous talks at conferences and seminars. These conferences have helped her to develop new techniques in conservation and to keep up to date with new products and technology as they are developed and she now has an international reputation as a conservator.
The collection she cares for includes approximately 75,000 minerals, 250,000 fossils and 15,000 rocks. Her responsibilities include providing advice on geological conservation, techniques and preparation to other departments within the museum and to visitors working on our collections.
Her role involves the preparation and conservation of specimens of for inclusion in our galleries, temporary or permanent exhibitions, and for research. She is experienced in a variety of physical and chemical techniques including cutting and polishing, making acetate peels, thin sectioning, moulding and casting of fossils and minerals, acid preparation, field techniques, and preventative conservation.
Vicen has recently been given the designation Accredited Conservator-Restorer (ACR), awarded by the Institute of Conservation for demonstrating a high level of proficiency in conservation practice.
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