Diane Gwilt

Contact Details

Diane Gwilt
Collections Services
The Collections Centre
Heol Crochendy
Parc Nantgarw
CF15 7QT

Phone: +44 (0)29 2057 3569

Staff Name

Diane Gwilt

Job Title

Keeper of Collections Services

Areas of Responsibility:

Conservation, collection information (including photography and library resources); intellectual property rights; collection management.

Qualifications, memberships and relevant positions

BSc (Hons) Archaeological Conservation, Institute of Archaeology, London; Diploma in Law and Collections Management (DipLCM), Institute of Art and Law; Fellow, International Institute for Conservation; Elected Board Member ICON – The Institute of Conservation; Vice-Chair 2006 – 2008; Chair 2008 – 10; Chair UKIC 1994 – 6; Associate Lecturer Cardiff University, MSc Care of Collections 2005, 2008; External examiner, Department of Archaeology, University of Durham MA Conservation (Historic Objects); MA Museum and Artefact Studies 2001 – 2004; Chair, MA Smarter Loans Working Group 2011 – 12; Member, Arts Council England Accreditation Committee 2007 – 2013; Member Arts Council England Designation Panel 2015 - 

Research Interests

Passive control of storage and display environments; risk-based decision making to enhance use and mobility of collections; collections management; conservation science.


Conservation; collections management; risk.


Selected Publications

Gwilt, D., Henderson, J. & Kerr, L.-A. 2014. The Distributed National Collection in Wales – Conservation on the national agenda [PDF]. In Preventive Conservation ICOM CC 17th Triennial Conference ICOM-CC Melbourne.

Gwilt, D. 2008. The Collection Care and Access Project – balancing demands on collections. In Conservation and Access – Preprints of the IIC Congress 2008, London 14 – 19 September 2008.

Gwilt, D. 2000. Growing pains – the development of a conservation profession in the UK. Co-author with J. Henderson. In Tradition and Innovation – Advances in Conservation IIC London 2000.

Gwilt, D. & Henderson, J. 1999. Industrial Collections: Care and Conservation. Proceedings of the CMW/UKIC Conference, Cardiff 1997. CMW/UKIC, London.

Gwilt, D. 1997. The Magor Pill Wreck: aspects of recovery, conservation and interpretation. In Proceedings of the 6th ICOM Group on Wet Organic Archaeological Materials (WOAM) Conference York 1996. ICOM Committee for Conservation Working Group on Wet Organic Archaeological Materials, Bremerhaven.

Gwilt, D. & Henderson, J. 1996. Conservation records for the archaeologist? In Archaeological Conservation and its Consequences IIC London.

Gwilt, D. 1994. A methodology of preventive conservation for a large, expanding and mixed archaeological collection. In A. Roy & P. Smith (eds.) Preventive Conservation: Practice, Theory and Research, IIC London.