Alice Rugheimer


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Alice Rugheimer trained in paper conservation at Camberwell School of Art (1983–1987). She previously worked for private conservator Phillip Stevens and joined the British Museum in 1988.

Her practical conservation work on Western Art on Paper (WAP), includes prints and drawings, fans, three-dimensional ethnographic paper objects and vellum. She is also the Western Art on Paper conservation contact for the departments of Ancient Egypt and Sudan and Africa, Oceania and the Americas.

Alice is exhibition conservator for exhibitions of works on paper in galleries 3, 5 and 35, including condition checking of all objects on loan. She aids the organisation of and presenting of training sessions to teach curatorial staff about conservation aspects of handling museum objects. She also mentors students and interns in the WAP studio each summer.

Current projects

Conservation of British portraits for exhibition.

Project on light bleaching of paper, liasing with Scientific Research staff.

Previous projects

Conservation work of watercolours by John White, and exhibition liaison responsibilities for the exhibition A New World: England’s first view of America


Conservation of Michelangelo drawings for the exhibition Closer to the master

External fellowships/ honorary positions/ membership of professional bodies

Accredited member of the Institute of Conservation (ICON)

Recent publications

Y. Shashoua and A. Rugheimer, 'An Evaluation of the Use of Cellulose Ethers in Paper Conservation at the British Museum' in Proceedings of the Fourth International Conference of the Institute of Paper Conservation, London, April 1997, J. Egan (ed.), (London, August 1998) pp. 150-159