Alex Owen

Conservator of Organic Artefacts

Department: Conservation and Scientific Research


+44 (0)20 7323 8252


Alex Owen is a conservator of organics objects and artefacts, specialising in the treatment of wooden objects and East Asian lacquer, with an additional interest in gilded surfaces, furniture and jointed wooden objects.

Alex works to ensure the long term preservation of museum objects, making them suitable for display, loan, and study as required. This includes carrying out practical conservation treatments, as well as assessing object condition, advising on display and storage, project management and supervision of conservation interns.

Alex trained at the City and Guilds of London Art School, gaining a BA in Conservation in 2013. He has also completed a course in traditional furniture making at The Cass at London Metropolitan University. Since graduation he has worked in private practice and the at the Victoria and Albert Museum.

Current projects

Conservation of objects required as part of the re-development of the Japanese Galleries, including lacquer objects and Buddhist sculpture.

Conservation of the Museum's collection of clock cases in conjunction with the Horological department.