Objects Conservator


Nicky Lobatón joined The Ashmolean Museum in 2005 as an Objects Conservator. She holds a degree in Conservation and Restoration of Archaeological Objects from the Escola Superior de Conservació i Restauració de Catalunya (awarded in Barcelona in 1999) and a Masters degree in Conservation of Historic Objects (Archaeology) from the University of Durham (2001).

Prior to The Ashmolean she worked in the Instituto de Patrimonio Histórico Español, where she conserved oriental lacquer, Medieval casquets and archaeological textile. She worked on other projects in Spain and France, conserving archaeological and paleontological material on-site and in laboratories.

Nicky has contributed to many significant projects at The Ashmolean, including the Museum’s redevelopment in 2009, where she worked on a huge variety of objects for display in 39 new galleries and the conservation of objects for the new Ancient Egypt and Nubia Galleries in 2011.
The Museum’s wide breadth of collections has enabled Nicky to develop broad experience working on a wide variety of organic and inorganic objects of varying complexity. Nicky is also involved in preparing loans, displays, exhibitions, preventive conservation duties and broader museum issues.

2019 Baldwin, A. and Lobatón, N., Cleaning the Dishes. Conserving Objects for ‘Last Supper at Pompeii’, The Ashmolean Magazine 77
2018 Lobatón, N., Warning, Fragile! What an objects conservator does, The Ashmolean Magazine 75
2014 Lobatón, N., The Conservation of Wooden Combs from Jericho, The Ashmolean Magazine 67
2009 Lobatón, P., Conservation of a Child’s Leather Shoes, The Ashmolean Magazine 57
2007 Lobatón, P., The Mummy Mask Returns!, The Ashmolean Magazine 52
2006 Lobatón, P., The Conservation of a Cuneiform Tablet, The Ashmolean Magazine 50
2005 Lobatón, P., Restauració d’un tambor lacat del Vietnam, UNICUM

Presentations, Posters and Workshops
2019 Lobatón, N. and Orsini, M., Conserving Pompeii, Ashmolean Research Seminar
2019 Selection of Objects for conservation for The Last Supper in Pompeii, ICON Archaeology Group AGM
2018 and 2019 What does a conservator do all day? Ashmolean History of Art A Level Study Day.
2014 Lobatón, N and Roberts, B. Vertically Challenging: the investigation and conservation of a deteriorated coffin for vertical display. Understanding Egyptian Collections: Innovative display and research projects in Museums Conference.
2013 Conservation of a Collection of Middle Eastern Middle Bronze Age combs, Oxford Conservation Consortium Annual Forum.
2007 The Conservation of a Mummy Mask at the Ashmolean Museum, Oxford, Poster for Decorated Surfaces on Ancient Egyptian Objects: Technology, Deterioration and Conservation. Organised by ICON Archaeology Group and The Fitzwilliam Museum, University of Cambridge.