Nicole Rode

Conservator of Organic Artefacts

Department: Conservation and Scientific Research



+44 (0)20 7323 8252

Nicole is an Organic Artefact conservator with specialisms in textiles and modern materials. She conserves a variety of organic objects for exhibition, loan and storage, and has particular interests in textile and plastic technology, beadwork, and communicating conservation to the public.

She gained an MA in Textile Conservation from the Textile Conservation Centre, University of Southampton, Winchester, and has been part of the British Museum’s Department of Conservation and Scientific Research since 2004.

Between 2006 - 2010 she served on the Institute of Conservation’s (ICON) Textile Group Committee, and has presented beadwork conservation workshops and talks about textile conservation on the Camberwell College of Art Organic Artefact Conservation BA and the London Metropolitan University Restoration and Conservation Course, respectively.

Current projects

Re-Housing the archaeological Andean textiles collection. This collaborative project between conservators, conservation mounters and collections care staff aims to improve access to the collection by designing and making mounts for the 1000+ archaeological Andean textiles in the Museum. A selection of textiles is being fully conserved for future display.

Andean textiles: Organic colourants, biological sources and dyeing technologies
A Leverhulme funded project led by scientists Thibaut Deviese and Catherine Higgett. Nicole provides advice on conservation issues associated with the project as and when needed, and assistance with scientific data collection.

Previous projects

Treatment of Egyptian faience bead net

Conservation of a set of polyurethane foam roses from a Bulgarian Headdress. Treatment to stabilise deteriorating polyurethane foam roses led by senior conservator Clare Ward. Publication forthcoming.

Conservation of the Norwich Egyptian Shroud, including leading a blog on the project

Conservation of a North American beaded bandolier bag. Treatment to stabilise damaged beadwork panels and split silk ribbons.

Recent publications

R. Swift, A. Meeks, N. Rode, A. Komlosy, ‘A radioactive shamanic apron with glass disease’, British Museum Technical Research Bulletin, 6 (2012), 25-32.

J. Dyer, C. Ward, N. Rode, M. Hacke, Y. Shashoua, ‘Reassessment of anoxic storage of ethnographic rubber objects’, in ICOM-CC 16th Triennial Meeting Preprints, Lisbon, 19–23 September 2011, ed. J. Bridgland.

C. Ward, M.Hacke, N. Rode, ‘Preparing for the conservation treatment of foam roses from a Bulgarian headdress: testing the consolidation of polyurethane-ether foam’, poster presented at the ICOM-CC’s 16th Triennial Conference, Lisbon, Portugal, 19 - 23 September 2011.

T. Hiquily, J. Newell, M. Pullan, N. Rode, A. Bernucci, ‘Sailing through history: conserving and researching a rare Tahitian canoe sail’, British Museum Technical Research Bulletin, 3 (2010), pp1-11.

A. Drago, N. Rode, ‘I feel included; the Conservation in Focus exhibition at the British Museum’, paper presented at the Institute of Conservation (Icon) first national conference ‘Conservation in Focus’, March 25-26th, 2010, Cardiff, UK.

N. Rode, C.Rogerson, P. Wyeth, ‘Investigating the whitening effect on painted banners’, poster contribution to the AHRC Research Centre for Textile Conservation and Textile Studies First Annual Conference: Scientific analysis of ancient and historic textiles: informing preservation, display and interpretation, 13-15 July, 2004 (unpublished dissertation).