Sarah Watkins-KenneySpecial Projects Coordinator and Researcher

Sarah joined the OSA as lab supervisor and head conservator of the Queen Anne’s Revenge Conservation Lab in March 2003. Prior to moving to North Carolina, she was Head of the Metals, Ceramics and Glass Conservation Section at the British Museum, London, UK. She has worked for museums, universities, regional conservation services and archaeology projects around the world. She holds a BS in Archaeological Conservation from University of Wales, Cardiff, and an MA in Museum and Gallery Management from City University, London. She graduated in 2019 with a PhD in Coastal Resources Management from East Carolina University. Her dissertation research was on complexity and conservation management of underwater cultural heritage by public agencies in North Carolina. 

Sarah is a Fellow of the International Institute for Conservation, an Accredited Conservator-Restorer of the Institute for Conservation UK, and an Accredited Member of the Chartered Institute of Field Archaeologists. She served as a board member of the SHA/Advisory Council for Underwater Archaeology from 2012-2019.

Since October 2019, Sarah serves as the Special Projects Coordinator and Researcher for the OSA. Her principal duties include assisting with grant administration and coordination and conducting directed research.

252.830.6580 | sarah.watkins-kenney@ncdcr.gov