Jeremy Uden

Research summary

I am interested in research into materials and construction techniques, especially where new scientific techniques can provide information about objects in non-destructive ways. My main interest is in pesticide residues on museum objects, and whether these residues potentially have an impact on the health of museum staff and that of other stakeholders in the collections. 


Jeremy has worked at the Pitt Rivers Museum since 2008. He trained first as a biologist, before studying Archaeological Conservation at Cardiff University. After graduating, Jeremy held a Historic Scotland ethnographic conservation internship at the Marischal Museum, University of Aberdeen. This was followed by positions at the Ashmolean Museum, the Horniman Museum, Auckland Museum and the Royal Albert Memorial Museum in Exeter. He held a Clothworkers' Foundation Conservation Fellowship in 2012–13, during which he conserved and investigated the Cook voyage collections at the Pitt Rivers Museum.


Selected publications

Coote, J., Uden, J. and Cartwright, C. (forthcoming) ‘Material matters: Provenancing a Polynesian mat in the Forster (Cook-voyage) collection at the Pitt Rivers Museum’, Journal of the Polynesian Society.


Brock, F., Uden, J. and Wood, F. (2018) ‘An Investigation of a Baroque Musette Bourdon Using Micro-Computed Tomography.’, Galpin Society Journal, Vol. 71, 179-188.


Uden, J., Richardson, H. and Lee, R. (2016) ‘The Conservation and Display of the Tahitian Mourner’s Costume at the Pitt Rivers Museum, University of Oxford’. In Refashioning and Redress: Conserving and Displaying Dress, edited by Mary M. Brooks and Dinah D. Eastop (Los Angeles: The Getty Conservation Institute/Getty Publications).


Coote, Jeremy and Jeremy Uden. (2013) The rediscovery of a society Islands Tamau, or headdress of human hair, in the “Cook-voyage” Forster collection at the Pitt Rivers Museum - and a possible provenance’ [online], Journal of the Polynesian Society, Vol. 122, No. 3, Sep 2013: 233-255.:<;dn=173296449307125;res=IE... 0032-4000. [cited 29 Nov 19].


Ude, Jeremy. (2012) ‘Time-of-flight neutron diffraction: a new analytical technique for conservation?’, Journal of the Institute of Conservation, Vol. 35 Issue 1, p25-39.