Miriam Clavir

Miriam ClavirMiriam Clavir received her B.A. (Hon.) in anthropology from the University of Toronto, a master’s of art conservation from Queen’s University and a doctorate from the University of Leicester, Department of Museum Studies.

She has worked as a conservator of collections at the Royal Ontario Museum, for Parks Canada, and from 1980 to 2004 was conservator and then senior conservator at MOA, the Museum of Anthropology at the University of British Columbia. Author of many professional and popular articles on conservation, in 2002 she published a scholarly book, Preserving what is valued: museums, conservation and first nations.

She is currently a research fellow at MOA and has taught at several universities. In 2012 Bayeux Arts published her first novel: Insinuendo: murder in the museum.

Recent publications :

2015. Coombes, Annie E. and Ruth B. Phillips, (Eds.) “Preserving the Physical Object in Changing Cultural Contexts”, The International Handbooks of Museum Studies: Museum Transformations, John Wiley & Sons, Ltd., pp. 387-412.

2009. “Conservation and Cultural Significance”, Principles of Conservation, (Eds. A. Richmond and A. Bracker) Elsevier Butterworth-Heinemann, London, pp. 139-149.

Presentation :

Responding To Indigenous Perspectives: Changes, Challenges, and Common Ground”. Paper presented at the Bard Graduate Center, 38 West 86th Street, New York, N.Y., February 25, 2015, as part of Bard’s Conservation Conversations series.

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