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Isabelle McGinn

Lecturer and conservator, University of Pretoria

With a multi-disciplinary background in fine arts, archaeology, museum studies, and conservation, Isabelle McGinn is a lecturer at the University of Pretoria’s MSoc Sci Tangible Heritage Conservation (since 2019) and BSoc Sci Hons Heritage, Museum and Preservation Studies (since 2015). Isabelle initially trained as a ceramics conservator with the South African Institute for Heritage Science and Conservation in the Eastern Cape and was museum conservator for the UP Museums from 2009-2019. Apart from lecturing, Isabelle continues to offer professional conservation services through the THC programme. Isabelle is currently also a Doctoral candidate with a research focus on the development of the Masters in Conservation at the University of Pretoria. Her goal is to help professionalize conservation practice in South Africa and connect practitioners in South Africa and on the wider continent.


  • 2019–2021
    Lecturer, university of pretoria
  • 2010–2019
    Conservator, university of pretoria