Amanda Valentine-Baars

Contact Details

Amanda Valentine-Baars
Mineralogy & Petrology
National Museum Cardiff

Cathays Park
CF10 3NP

Phone: +44 (0)29 2057 3120

Staff Name

Amanda Valentine-Baars

Job Title

Senior Laboratory Officer (Natural Sciences)

Areas of Responsibility:

Geological Materials preparation, Laboratory Management and Health & Safety. Oversee XRD management.

Qualifications, memberships and relevant positions

BSc.(Hons) Earth Science.

Member of the Geological Curators Group.

Member of the South Wales Geological Association.

Research Interests

My technical work with geo materials guides my research interests towards developing techniques for the preparation and conservation of geological specimens. Currently I work on the conservation of historic thin sections, in particular methods for identifying and removing historic resins using non-hazardous techniques. 


Geological Materials Preparation, Petrological Thin Sections, Laboratory, Health & Safety, X Ray Diffraction


Selected Publications

Valentine-Baars, A. and Kerbey, H. 2014. Historic Thin Section – Crazy to conserve? Abstract Royal Microscopical Society Meeting, Oxford.

Ratcliffe, L. and Valentine-Baars, A. 2011. Investigative conservation of the Royal Cornwall Museum minerals. The Geological Curator 9 (5): 305 - 314.

Valentine, A., Cotterell, T. 2008. Project to Investigate the Environmental Conditions Required for the Initiation of Pyrite Decay. ICOM Natural History Collections Working Group Newsletter No. 16.