Anna Harrison

Senior conservator of Organic Artefacts

Department: Conservation and Scientific Research


+44 (0)20 7323 8252  

Anna Harrison is an organic materials conservator in the organic artefacts conservation section, with a specialism in textiles and a particular interest in archaeological textiles. Her work includes conservation of a wide variety of archaeological, ethnographic and historic objects for display and loan, assessing and preparing objects for improved storage and supervising conservation students.

Anna trained at the Textile Conservation Centre, Courtauld Institute of Art, and then worked for one year at the Textile Conservation Studios, Historic Royal Palaces before starting work in the Organic Artefacts Conservation section at the British Museum.

Current projects

Conservation and storage of Sudanese organic material from the Adams collection, the Department of Ancient Egypt and Sudan.

Conservation and storage of textiles from the Department of Britain, Europe and Prehistory.

Previous projects

Conservation of archaeological textiles from Jordan.

Recent publications

A. Harrison, ‘The conservation and mounting of archaeological objects and human remains containing hair’, The Conservation of Hair, eds. Bacon L., Purewal V., Kingham E. and Phipps, D., Archetype Publications (2015), pp. 27-48

A. Harrison and S. Foskett, ‘The conservation of archaeological fragments from the Sudan: a collaborative project between the British Museum and University of Glasgow’, DATS Dress and Textiles Specialists Spring Journal (2013), pp. 15-21

A. Harrison and J. Anderson, ‘Woven Hair’, British Museum Magazine, 62 (2008), pp. 48-49

A. Harrison, J. Newell, ‘Battle call, Anna Harrison and Jenny Newell bring alive the story and conservation of Maori fighting staffs’, British Museum Magazine, 54 (2006), pp. 49-50

A. Harrison, H. Tayler and M. Pullan ‘A Medieval Bishop’s Travelling Cloak’, in F. Nuttgens and M. Jordan (eds.) Big Issues- Forum of UKIC Textile Section (London, The Institute of Conservation, 2005), pp.16-21

A. Harrison, H. Tayler, ‘Making a prototype mount for painted mummy portraits on wood at the British Museum’, Conservation News, 88 (2004), pp.24-25

A. Harrison, P. Cruickshank and J. Fields, ‘From excavation to display: the conservation of archaeological textiles from an AD first-third century cemetery site in Jordan’ The Conservator, 26 (2002), pp.44-56

A. Harrison, P. Cruickshank and J. Fields, ‘Localised colouring agents for textile support fabrics: an investigation into their colour-fastness’, SSCR Journal, 12 (2001), pp. 16-20