Find out about the skills needed to be a conservator.More about Collections and Specimens
As a conservator, Lorraine's tasks included making exact replicas of some of the Museum's most important specimens, such as the Archaeopteryx lithographica, for both public display and scientific research.
The quality of detail of Archaeopteryx replicas was especially important when the authenticity of the specimen was questioned, as scientists were able to study sections of a replica under an electron microscope to prove its credibility. You can visit the Archaeopteryx specimen in the Museum's Cadogan Treasures Gallery
Lorraine also worked on the Museum's Darwin exhibition, gathering original notebooks, pistols and specimens that were on the Beagle in the 1820s.
Find out about the skills needed to be a conservator.
Listen to Lorraine describe the skills needed to paint replicas of Museum specimens.
Hear how Lorraine forms a connection with important specimens like the Archaeopteryx specimen.
Listen to Lorraine describe displaying the Archaeopteryx specimen.
Learn how specimens from all over the world are put on display in the Museum.