Nicky Lobaton

Nicky Lobaton (aka Paulina) is an Objects conservator and gained her MA in the Conservation of Historic Objects (Archaeology) from Durham University in 2001. Previous qualifications include a BA in Conservation and Restoration of Archaeological objects from the Catalonian College of Conservation and Restoration of Cultural Heritage, Barcelona, Spain.

She has worked on excavations in the paleontological site of Ambrona, Soria, Spain in August 1998 and in the Upper Pleistocene hyena den of Bois Roche, Charente, France in July 1999.

In 2001 she worked as an archaeological conservator in the Lincolnshire County Council Conservation centre, UK, focusing much of her time in packing finds from the of Anglo-Saxon cemetery of Saltwood site in Kent. In Spain she worked at the Institute for the Conservation of Historic Heritage on two Spanish government funded projects;the first in 2002 to treat a 19th century Vietnamese lacquer drum and the second in 2004 to treat archaeological textiles. In between these projects she freelanced in the same institution in 2003 conserving medieval caskets for the National Museum of Decorative Arts in Madrid.

She joined The Ashmolean Museum in 2005 and played an integral role in the redevelopment of the galleries for the opening of the new Ashmolean in 2009. Since then she has worked on numerous projects including the new Egyptian galleries during which she undertook numerous challenging remedial treatments.

Her current work is focused on the preparation of objects for loans, but maintains a strong interest in the conservation of archaeological objects and continues to carry out treatments on a regular basis.

Lobaton, P. (May 2005) "Restauracio d'un tambor lacat del Vietnam", in Unicum, no. 4. Escola Superior de Conservacio i Restauracio de bens Culturals de Catalunya.

Lobaton, P. (2006) "The Conservation of a Cuneiform Tablet, The Ashmolean Magazine, no. 50

Lobaton, P. (2007) "The Mummy Mask Returns!", The Ashmolean Magazine, no. 52

Lobaton, P. (2007) "The Conservation of a Mummy Mask in the Ashmolean Museum", Proceedings of a conference held in Cambridge, September 2007: Decorated surfaces on Ancient Egyptian Objects. Technology, Deterioration and Conservation, p. 74. ICOM, Fitzwilliam Museum

Lobaton, N. (2014) "The Conservation of Archaeological Wooden Combs from Jericho", The Ashmolean Magazine, no. 67