Ian Panter

Job Title:
Head of Conservation
Email address:
Telephone number:
01904 663036
Time with YAT:
22 Years
Ian Panter


As Head of the conservation team I am  responsible for the operation of the commercial laboratories conserving a wide range of artefacts from terrestrial, waterlogged and marine environments, working for clients from  the UK and abroad. We are now one of the major marine laboratories in the UK and recent projects include the timbers from the Swash Channel designated wreck (17th Century Dutch vessel trading in the West Indies) and artefacts from a wreck off the Sultanate of Oman.

Following graduation from the Institute of Archaeology, University of London in 1980 with a BSc Honours degree in archaeological conservation and materials science, I worked for the Mary Rose Trust and Portsmouth City Museum before heading to York in 1990 to work as one of the English Heritage contract conservators based in the North of England.  During this time I undertook the investigative conservation of artefacts from the early Medieaval site at Flixborough, as well as the early Saxon cemetery at Castledyke, Barton on Humber.

Before taking up my current position with YAT I spent six years as the English Heritage Regional Science Advisor (Yorkshire region) advising curators and developers on the archaeological science requirements for commercially- funded projects, as well as developing a specialism on reburial and in-situ preservation schemes, including deposit characterisation and monitoring procedures. Since leaving EH I have continued with my research into preservation in situ proposals and I designed and implemented the deposit monitoring programme for the Must Farm prehistoric timber platform in Cambridgeshire, and recently undertook research for English Heritage in measuring moisture and redox in soils.


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