Conservation & Museums Advisory Service Staff




Heather Perry - Conservation and Museum Manager





Photograph of Beth Werrett

Beth Baker - Senior Conservator, ACR

I initially studied Art History at the Courtauld Institute of Art continuing to complete an MSc in Conservation for Archaeology and Museums at UCL. Previously employed by both the Wallace Collection and the Science Museum in London I moved to Wiltshire Council Conservation and Museums Advisory Service (CMAS) in 2009.

As Senior Conservator at CMAS I coordinate the Conservation Services working with a broad range of clients from across the heritage sector. Focussing on long term collections sustainability I support our clients; providing innovative solutions for conservation issues through advice, training, preventive and remedial conservation services. My current areas of specialism are archaeology and social history, in particular hazardous materials in objects.



Shannah Rhynard-Geil - Conservator (Objects)

I trained in Anthropology with a focus in Archaeology at Oregon State University before continuing to complete a Masters in Conservation of Archaeological and Museum Objects at Durham University. Previously employed by the National Museum of Wales and the National Trust, I joined the Wiltshire Council Conservation and Museums Advisory Service (CMAS) in April 2018.

I support CMAS in providing practical conservation treatments, consultation services to a range of clients, training opportunities, and the promotion of conservation to the public.



Sarah Volter - Conservator (Archives)

I studied Paper Conservation at Camberwell College of Arts: University of the Arts London, specialising in works of art on paper. Whilst studying I interned at the V&A Word and Image department and National Art library.

I previously worked at Flintshire Record Office and joined the CMAS team in 2012. I provide expert advice concerning the storage and remedial treatment of archival materials and paper based items including paper and parchment, maps, books, works of art and photographs. I undertake conservation work for a variety organisations, historic houses and private individuals and run training courses to promote best practice and long term preservation within archives.

I am committed to keeping up with developments, and knowledge sharing within the Archive Conservation sector; I am an editor for ARC Magazine: Preservation and Conservation special issues, and I regularly attend conferences and events.



Sophie Coles -  Conservator (Archives)

I have a background in fine art and completed an MA in Conservation at Camberwell College of Arts, University of the Arts, London. Whilst studying I interned at the Wellcome Library, London Library and Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Museum. I have previously worked freelance at The Royal Astronomical Society and National Conservation Service (NCS) before joining CMAS in 2017.

I currently work with the archive material at the centre which consists mainly of books, parchment and paper documents, and photographic materials. My role involves surveying the objects in the collection to assess their condition, repairing priority items assigned by the Archivists at the centre and helping to maintain the collection. I also undertake contract project work as part of the CMAS team and for a range of private clients.

I really enjoy working with such a variety of materials and playing my small part to help preserve Wiltshire's history for current and future generations.


Rachel Gough - Business Support

I have been working for the Conservation Service since July 2007. This involves general admin duties such as keeping databases up to date and sourcing and ordering the materials and equipment that the Conservators need to do their job, but does involve some practical work such as photography.

Ever since my first visit to the old Record Office at Trowbridge in 1978 when I started to research my family history, I thought it would be fantastic to work in that environment but never dreamed I would have that opportunity. My patience has been rewarded and I have not been disappointed.