Museum Conservation

Curriculum Vitae

Miriam Lisa CLAVIR


1998 Ph.D., University of Leicester, Department of Museum Studies
1976 MAC, Queen’s University, Department of Art Conservation
1969 Hon. BA, University of Toronto, Department of Anthropology

Special Professional Qualifications

2002 Received as Fellow of the International Institute for Conservation of Historic and Artistic Works
1993 Received as Professional Associate of the American Institute for Conservation
1987 Received as Member of the Canadian Association of Professional Conservators

Present Rank

Research Fellow, UBC Museum of Anthropology, Vancouver
Conservator Emerita, UBC Museum of Anthropology, Vancouver


2009 Canadian Association for Conservation’s Charles Mervyn Ruggles award for outstanding achievement.
2003 Award for Excellence, Canadian Museums Association, for book, Preserving What is Valued: Museums, Conservation and First Nations, UBC Press, January, 2002

Employment History

1999 – 2013 Sessional Lecturer Graduate Program in Museology, University of Washington, Seattle
1995 – 2004 Senior Conservator UBC Museum of Anthropology, Vancouver
Associate, Honorary UBC Department of Anthropology and Sociology
1980 – 1995 Conservator UBC Museum of Anthropology, Vancouver
1976 – 1980 Assistant Conservator Parks Canada, National Historic
Sites Service, Quebec Region
1973 – 1976 Conservation Assistant Parks Canada, Ottawa [Educational leave 1974-76]
1969 – 1972 Assistant Royal Ontario Museum, Toronto, Archaeology and Conservation Departments


Courses taught: University of British Columbia, Vancouver

  • Anthropology 451, Conservation of Organic Materials & Anthropology 452, Conservation of Inorganic Materials
  • Anthropology 431, Care of Cultural Property (Formerly Museum Principles and Methods)
  • Archival Studies 610, Preservation of Archival Materials

Courses taught: University of Washington, Seattle

  • Mus 586, Philosophy and Ethics of Museum Collections, Graduate Program in Museology, Burke Museum
  • Mus 482/582 (lecture) and Mus. 600 (lab), Conservation of Materials, Graduate Program in Museology, Burke Museum

Short-term university courses taught:

  • Cours intensif pour la Maîtrise en Muséologie, MSL6505, Techniques de Conservation, Université de Montréal, Montréal, Québec
  • Assistant Professor, Objects Stream, (lectures and labs) Master of Art Conservation Program, Queen’s University, Kingston, ON
  • Principal instructor and course organizer, #HA488D Collections Care, University of Victoria. Course taught at the UBC Museum of Anthropology for the Aboriginal Cultural Stewardship Program.

For more detailed information, please contact Dr. Miriam Clavir.