Our Volunteers

Heritage Without Borders relies on the support of its volunteers to undertake projects. This is a list of some of current and past volunteers.

To express your interest to volunteer, please visit our dedicated page

Margrethe Felter

Margrethe Felter, BSc, MA, MSc,  Conservator, York Archaeological Trust (Professional web-page)

Mags has worked in the conservation department at YAT since 2005 after completing an MA in Principles of Conservation and MSc in Conservation for archaeology and Museums at the Institute of Archaeology, University College, London. Mags works on all archaeological materials both freshly excavated and those in museums but has a keen interest in bone and antler objects as well as metals and on-site conservation and lifting of fragile materials. She has attended excavations/heritage sites in Orkney, Turkey, Jordan and Turkmenistan, as well as sites closer to home. She recently spent a month in Copenhagen, on a continuing professional development placement at the National Museum conservation department. Mags is a member of ICON and is currently serving as Secretary for the Archaeology Group, a post she has held for the last five years.

Mags’s involvement with Heritage Without Borders began when working out at Catal Hoyuk in Turkey where she met with some of the founding members of HWB. She then joined HWB’s pilot project at the site of Jerash in Jordan working on material from the site and training local museum personnel in basic conservation. She was then asked to lead a team of three conservators going out to the World Heritage Site of Merv in Turkmenistan in 2011 and 2013.

Kelly Harrison CaldwellKelly Harrison Caldwell

Kelly is a trained objects conservator, who has been working and volunteering in the fields of archaeology and museums for over ten years. Kelly has worked in both historical and archaeological contexts on a range of materials. Kelly has a strong interest in the role of a conservator as an advocate for cultural heritage preservation; emphasizing the need for Conservators to act as advocates for objects, sites and the museums that they work with.

Kelly volunteered for HWB’s conservationa and training programme at Ancient Merv, Turkmenistan (2011).

Kelly’s Linkedin page

Stefanie White, Volunteer team member and leader in Turkmenistan, Kosovo on Regional Restoration Camp and Albania Conservation School, 2011, 2012, 2013 and 2014

Karen KnightKaren Knight, BA AMA FRSA
Karen is a museum professional working in a free lance role with the Heritage Lottery Fund in the UK, and in a voluntary role with a variety of projects and organisations relating to historic buildings, interpretation and public access in the UK, Greece and the Western Balkans. Expertise in management of change in the arts and heritage sector, mentoring, networks and funding. A passion for using objects, intangible heritage, landscape and buildings more widely to encourage the involvement and participation of people in their cultural heritage.

Within HWB, Karen takes an Ambassadorial role through networking and identifying possible funding streams for HWB and specifically contributing to following areas:

  • Involvement with HWB in finding funding support for conservation workshops in Western Balkans particularly the conservation of historic textiles and costume.
  • Representing HWB in collaboration with CHwB in Albania; working with a sponsoring company on sharing historic textile skills to enable women into the workplace.
  • In collaboration with CHwB participating in workshops relating to women in leadership roles in the museum sector in the Western Balkans.
  • Working with CHwB towards gaining funding for an interpretive phone app for historic buildings.

Francesca Guiducci

Francesca Guiducci
Francesca is a conservation student at University College London, in the final year of the MSc Conservation for Archaeology and Museum. She is currently undertaking her internship at the British Museum in the section of Stone, Wall Paintings and Mosaics. Francesca is particularly interested in site conservation, as well as in the role of public engagement in conservation.

Francesca volunteered for HWB’s Albania Conservation Summer School 2012.
Francesca’s contact email address

Nicola HarrisonNicola Harrison
Nicola volunteered for HWB in 2011 before beginning her MSc in Conservation for Archaeology and Museums at UCL. She is currently interning at the Horniman Museum during the final year of her degree. During her studies, Nicola has worked on a range of artefacts but currently focuses on ethnographic and natural history specimens. Along side working on composite materials, she is also interested in the role of conservation in post-conflict societies and preserving living heritage.

Nicola volunteered for HWB’s Sarajevo Preventive Conservation Summer School 2011.
Nicola’s LinkedIn Page

Azra Becevic SarenkapaAzra Becevic Sarenkapa
Azra completed an MA degree in conservation of Historical Objects at Durham University, the United Kingdom. Azra works at the National Museum of Bosnia and Herzegovina since 1998, as conservator of the Ethnographic collections, but with main focus on textile collections. In the past several years, Azra particularly excelled in accommodating students and young professionals at conservation laboratory at the National Museum of BH and in giving them basic training in conservation, and also providing them with supervision during their Masters programme. Azra actively promotes conservation as a profession in Bosnian schools too.
Azra was also part of a teaching team for the TEM – MEP project, organised by ICCROM, ICOM and Getty Conservation Institute (2007 – 2008). She is an active member of ICOM Bosnia and Herzegovina.

Azra volunteered for HWB’s Sarajevo Preventive Conservation Summer School 2011 and Albania Conservation Summer School 2012.
Azra’s professional and personal webpages.

Ciarán Lavelle

Ciarán Lavelle

Ciarán is an object conservator who is currently working freelance; his present position is on the UCLA run Methone Archaeological Project in Northern Greece. Originally trained in archaeology at Queens University, Belfast, Ciaran worked as a professional archaeologist on a number of sites throughout Ireland. A post-graduate degree in Cultural Heritage and Museum studies at the University of Ulster, Belfast, led to his discovery of conservation and inspired him to undertake a BSc in ‘Conservation of Objects for Museums and Archaeology’ at Cardiff University, from which he graduated in 2010. After gaining experience working as a conservator in various positions he returned to Cardiff University in 2011 to read for the ‘Professional Conservation MSc’.

His experience includes internship schemes at the Transport Museum in Glasgow and at the American School of Classical Studies in Athens, Greece. These were followed by professional contracts at Bristol Museum, at the Science Museum, London and at Birmingham Museums where he worked on the spectacular Anglo-Saxon hoard and was involved in the public out-reach through open days, radio interviews, publications and information blogs. In Qatar, he set up and ran a conservation laboratory on an established archaeological site at Ruwayda which was excavated by a team from the University of Wales, Lampeter.

Ciarán was a member of the 2013 HWB Merv team in Turkmenistan.

Andrew Holbrook, Volunteer project leader in Albania on the Weapons Conservation Project, 2013

Nyssa MIldwaters, Volunteer in Albania on the Weapons Conservation Project, 2013

Melanie Keable, Volunteer in Albania on the Weapons Conservation Project, 2013

Kate Iles, Volunteer in in Albania on the Weapons Conservation Project, 2013

Melangell Penrhys, Volunteer project leader in Albania on the Textile Conservation Project 2014

Lyndsey Mackay, Volunteer team member in

Rebecca Schult, Volunteer in Albania on the Textile Conservation Project, 2014

I originally trained as an objects conservator at Lincoln University, and completed an undergraduate and post graduate degree in Conservation an Restoration. I undertook a Zibby Garnett travelling fellowship with the Ethnology Museum in Vienna for two months, and during this time became interested in textile conservation. Following my studies I took an HLF funded internship in Textile conservation at the National Maritime for a year, and I have also spent a year working for a private textile conservation studio, working with textiles for museums, auction houses and collectors.  I currently work for Historic Royal Palaces as a treatment conservator, based at Hampton Court Palace.

Alexandra Cantrill, Volunteer team member and leader in Kosovo on Regional Restoration Camp, 2013 and 2014

Megan Laws, Volunteer Fundraising Assistant, 2011-12

Emily Peirson-Webber, External Affairs Consultant

Emily is a keen supporter of arts and heritage organisations and is a volunteer member of the Museums Association.