Earlier this year, after 25 years of combining her roles as Studio Manager and Textile Adviser, Ksynia decided to hand over the day to day running of the Studio. Under Ksynia’s leadership the Studio has grown from a staff of four to thirteen including an intern and contract staff and moved from rooms above Blickling shop to a specially converted barn on the estate. Ksynia’s career-long commitment to training conservators has seen sixteen interns and numerous students on work placements pass through the Studio doors. The Studio staff are proud and delighted that she was awarded the Plowden Medal last month in recognition of her efforts and achievements. (See previous blog post).
However we are still able to draw on Ksynia’s vast knowledge and experience as she continues with her role as the National Trust Textile Conservation Adviser.
After an initial career in finance, Maria retrained at the Textile Conservation Centre and graduated with a PGDip in Textile Conservation from the Courtauld Institute of Art in 2000. Following her training, Maria worked for Historic Royal Palaces for 16 years, in their textile conservation studio based at Hampton Court Palace, where she supervised and managed the conservation of tapestries, furnishing textiles and costume.
Welcome to the team!