Sherry / Maker / Conservator / Teacher

Sherry Doyal is a botanic objects conservator.

Tansy from the Greek Athanaton (immortal)
"capital for preserving the dead from corruption" – Ambrosius  

Sherry mending Papyrus


9/2012 – 11/2014 The Crafts Council Collections Manager part-time (rising from contract Collections management officer part-time)

12/2006 – 1/2013 The British Museum Head of Organic Artefacts Conservation Section

6/2005 - 12/2006 The Horniman Museum and Gardens Deputy Head Conservation and Collections Care

4/1999 – 6/2005 The National Trust Devon and Cornwall Regions Historic Properties Advisor Devon & Cornwall pt/time and Regional Conservator Devon part/time

10/1996 – 4/1999 Exeter City Museums Contract Acting Keeper of Conservation (Ethnography, Natural History, Social History).

7/1995 – 10/1996 The Horniman Museum and Gardens Contract Conservation Officer (Ethnography, Natural History, Musical instruments).

10/1994 – 7/1995 The Victoria and Albert Museum Contract Senior Conservator, Organics Group

8/1991 – 9/1994 The National Trust Southern Region House and Collections Manager Ham House

3/1989 – 8/1991 The Metropolitan Museum of Art NY Upholstery Conservator rising from conservation assistant

8/1987 – 3/1989 The Crown Suppliers Conservator furnishing textiles, The Royal Collection.

10/1985 – 8/1987 The Textile Conservation Centre Hampton Court Deputy Head General Conservation rising from Assistant

- 1/1979 York Archaeological Trust Excavator and site planner rising from p/t volunteer


  • Natural Science Collections Association NatSCA ( )

Sherry consolidating paint on an Australian basket

Botanic artefact projects:

Bark Cloth research for Exeter City Museums 2015

Investigation of an Egyptian basket for Hull Museums 2014

Investigation of a British bronze age basket for Plymouth Museums 2014

Expert Panel for best practice in Botany Conservation The Natural History Museum

Australia-bark paintings for the Royal Academy of Art 2013

Australian baskets for the British Museum 2013

Second Skin for Royal Albert Memorial Museum Exeter

Survey of Botany Collections  Royal Albert Memorial Museum, Exeter


Tropical plant identification Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew

Floral Waxes Conservation Victoria and Albert Museum and West Dean

Spirit preserved collections Conservation Oxford Museum of Natural History

Herbaria Management, Birmingham University

Wood identification, Amherst University

Upholstery Conservation post graduate certificate The Textile Conservation Centre, Hampton Court Palace

Conservation and Restoration Studies City & Guilds certificate with distinction, Lincoln College of Art.