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Mary Brooks

Durham University
Director MA International Cultural Heritage Management
York, United Kingdom
Following the Diploma in Textile Conservation, Textile Conservation Centre (TCC), Mary undertook an internship at the Abegg-Stiftung, Switzerland. She worked at the Fine Arts Museums, San Francisco and York Castle Museum. Here she jointly curated ‘Stop the Rot’, winning the IIC Keck Award for promoting public awareness of conservation. She then returned to TCC, initially as Head of Studies and Research and then as Reader at the University of Southampton. She was programme leader for the MA Museums & Galleries. Following several years as a consultant specialising in museology, conservation and textiles, including a Monument Fellowship at York Castle Museum, she is now at Durham University developing a new MA in International Cultural Heritage Management. She continues to maintain an active interest in textiles and textile conservation and is guest curating an exhibition of 17th century embroideries at the Ashmolean Museum, Oxford (2014) and carrying out cataloguing and research for collections at York Minster, Nottingham Castle Museum and Usshaw College, Durham. She is co-editor of Textile History, a Governor of the Pasold Research Fund and a Trustee of The Textile Conservation Centre Foundation.