Man-Yee Liu

Head of Conservation

Man-Yee qualified as a conservator at the Institute of Archaeology, London in 1986. She has worked in conservation at the Hong Kong Museums of Art and History (1986 – 87), and also at the British Museum, (Organics Section 1987-1994) and the National Heritage Board in Singapore (1997 – 2001).

Man-Yee has worked for the Norfolk Museums Service since 2001. As Head of Conservation, she manages the Conservation Team in delivering conservation support for 10 museums.

Helen Rush

Conservation Co-ordinator

Helen joined the Norfolk Museums Service in 2008. She studied Archaeology at University College London and worked in a variety of archaeological research projects with the British Institute in Eastern Africa.

Helen’s role in the Department is to co-ordinate the conservation work required for exhibitions, capital funded projects and loans as well as planning collections care work across the 10 NMS Museums.

Sarah Norcross-Robinson ACR

Senior Conservator

Sarah has a specialist expertise in preventive conservation and is an accredited member of the Institute of Conservation (ICON). After qualifying from Cardiff University in 1994, Sarah worked for the National Trust who she continues to work for on a freelance basis. She has worked at the Norfolk Museums Service since 2000, and for 2 years was also Senior Regional Conservator for the East of England, advising independent and often volunteer run museums.

Sarah delivers training on a broad range of collections care subjects and promotes conservation work to the public.

Debbie Harris ACR

Senior Conservator

Debbie qualified as a conservator from Cardiff University in 1996 and began her career working as an archaeological conservator at AOC, Scotland. She is an accredited member of the Institute of Conservation (ICON). Over the past 14 years, she has worked on Heritage Lottery funded capital projects seeing most of the 10 museums in NMS completely refurbished. This has involved many aspects of collections management, through to the management of remedial work and advice on display specifications.

David Harvey


David has worked as an objects conservator at NMS since 1991 and gained a conservation of industrial collections qualification in 1995. He works regularly with museum volunteer groups carrying out collections care work. David has specialist expertise in the conservation of large and working objects and social history collections.

Jonathan Clark ACR


Jonathan has a BA in Archaeology & Anthropology and an MRes in the display, conservation and treatment of human remains from the School of World Art and Museology at the University of East Anglia. He joined the NMS conservation team in 2005 and his work as an objects conservator covers a wide and varied range of object materials and types. He has a special interest in the conservation of archaeological and ethnographical collections.

Deborah Phipps

Textile Conservator

Deborah studied at Norwich School of Art and Design in BA (Hons) Textile Art, followed by an MA in Conservation of Historic Objects from De Montfort University in 2001. She now specialises in textiles conservation, with a particular interest in costume (historic dress) conservation and display.

She joined the NMS conservation team in 2011 on contract and continues to work on a freelance basis, working regularly on the Royal collections for the summer exhibitions at Buckingham Palace. Deborah was Chair of the Institute of Conservation (ICON) Textiles Group from April 2012 until June 2015.

Alice Forkes

Conservation Technician

Alice joined the Conservation team in 2007 after beginning her museum career in the NMS Design & Technical Department. Alice completed the Institute of Conservation (ICON), Conservation Technician qualification in 2012. She is involved in many aspects of collections care work, from handling and packing, storage design to conservation housekeeping.

Lucy McNeill

Conservation Co-ordinator Assistant

Lucy joined the Conservation team in 2017.  She studied at the University of Aberdeen for an MA in History-International Relations and then at the University of St Andrews for a History of Art M.Phil.  Lucy worked in the British Museum before undertaking the Works on Paper Digitisation Project for Norfolk Museums Service 2013-2017.

Lucy assists with the administration of conservation work for Norfolk Museums Service.

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