About Tess Evans

Tess has been in conservation for many years and her experience is as varied as it is extensive.

After completing the Post Graduate Diploma in conservation and an apprenticeship in tapestry conservation from the internationally renowned Textile Conservation Centre, Courtauld institute of Art, University of London, Tess went on to complete the Museums Association Certificate in Conservation and in 1984 became Deputy Head of the Tapestry department, the commercial arm of the T.C.C

In 1987 Tess moved to Sydney, Australia where she worked as a freelance conservator for the Regional Galleries Association, The Australian Museum, The Historic Houses Trust, The National Trust and The Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences (Powerhouse Museum), before joining Campbell Conservation in 1988. Here she was instrumental in the setting up and running the Textile and Mixed Media Objects Department of a newly established materials conservation company.

In 1993 Tess moved to Hong Kong where she worked as a freelance conservator and consultant gaining valuable experience in working with Asian textiles and mixed media objects, before returning to the U.K.

In 1996 Tess developed her skills in collection management by completing a one-year course in Museum Studies Culture at the Winchester School of Art, University of Southampton. She worked on collection management projects, designing museum storage systems and transport systems for travelling exhibitions as well as practical conservation and exhibition installation. Tess also conducted workshops to students undergoing the diploma course in conservation.

Since returning to Australia in 1999 Tess has been involved in a variety of projects including: surveys and collection management, packing, relocation and storage strategies and hands-on conservation ranging from the repair of tapestries to cleaning large outdoor sculptures and exhibition installations for both private and institutional clients.

Heights Heritage Conservation was established in 2005 as a company vehicle for Tess to continue to offer a comprehensive conservation service under her own name, working closely with other industry professionals.

Tess is a member of AICCM and has been nominated for AICCM’s Conservator of the Year Award for 2008.