Ms Morwenna Blewett BA (Hons), PG Dip Cons (Easel Paintings), Dip APLE, GDL, LLB

Morwenna Blewett
Department: 
Ashmolean Museum
College office: 
Fellow in the History of Conservation
Background: 

Morwenna Blewett is the Fellow in the History of Conservation at Worcester College, University of Oxford and at the Ashmolean Museum of Art and Archaeology, where she also practices as a paintings conservator. Her fellowship focuses on the history of conservation at the Ashmolean and its related networks from 1686 until the present day. She is heading a project to digitize the Conservation Department’s extensive historic conservation documentation. Her work is disseminated as lectures, published works and collaborations with colleagues across Oxford University, nationally and internationally.

Morwenna read the History of Art at the Courtauld Institute of Art, completing her degree in 2000. She completed her training as a paintings conservator at the Department of Conservation and Technology at the Courtauld Institute of Art in 2003. She held an Andrew W. Mellon Fellowship in paintings conservation at Worcester Art Museum, Mass, from 2004-2006, and a Straus Fellowship in paintings conservation from 2006-2007, at the Straus Center for Conservation, Harvard University. After working as a paintings conservator at the National Galleries of Scotland she took up the post of Paintings Conservator at the Cambridge University-affiliated Ebury Street studio of the Hamilton Kerr Institute from 2008-2009. She was appointed Assistant Restorer at the National Gallery, London from 2009-2016. From 2016-2017, she held the post of Paintings Conservator at the Hamilton Kerr Institute, University of Cambridge.

Morwenna also holds a Postgraduate Diploma in Art Profession Law and Ethics (2008), a Graduate Diploma in Law (CPE) (2010) and an LLB (2015) specialising in the criminal damage of cultural property for which she received the Bond Dickinson Prize for Outstanding Performance. She is a PhD candidate at the Pears Institute for the Study of Antisemitism at Birkbeck, University of London, supervised by Professor Nikolaus Wachsmann with a thesis exploring the links between Nazi cultural policy, the Volksgemeinschaft and the conservation profession.