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Kostas Ntanos

National Archives, UK
Head of Conservation Research and Development
Kew, Richmond, Surrey, United Kingdom
Kostas Ntanos studied Conservation of antiquities and works of art in Athens, Greece, before he completed a 3-year MA at the Royal College of Art in London in Conservation Science. He joined The National Archives in 2005 and has been Head of Conservation Research and Development since 2009. Kostas has developed extensive experience in environmental management and the need for solid collaboration between disciplines and amongst practitioners. He has helped transform management protocols for The National Archives and has a keen interest in developing environmental management tools for users across the archival sector. He has been involved as a working group member in developing PAS 198 ‘Specification for managing environmental conditions for cultural collections’ and have frequently contributed comments in the development of national and European standards for conservation through British Standards Institute and the UK mirror group for CEN (European Committee for Standardization). Kostas also is Chair of Science Group at the Institute of Conservation (ICON). The outcomes of his work at The National Archives and through collaborative research projects have contributed to significant savings in energy and improvement in the preservation environment in the archival storage.