Bevan O’Daly (2014-2015) graduated from the National College of Art and Design in 2012 having studied Fine Art. Bevan contacted the Chester Beatty, as she was interested in pursuing a career in conservation; this led to a work placement in November 2014. She assisted the conservation team to undertake a condition survey and repack the Neville Irons Chinese collection. In January 2015, Bevan assisted Textile Conservator Karen Horton with the gallery rotation of Chinese and Tibetan textiles.
She has since gone on to complete a Masters in Textile Conservation at the Centre for Textile Conservation, University of Glasgow, 2017. During her MA, Bevan spent an exciting three months on work placement at the Victoria & Albert Museum, London. She also used her ‘study day’ in her second year for extracurricular practical experience, assisting Textile Conservator Maggie Dobbie in the conservation of tapestries for The Burrell Collection, Glasgow.
Bevan is currently working on contract at the National Trust Textile Conservation Studio, Norfolk.