Director of Conservation and Technical Research
Terry Drayman-Weisser has been associated with the Walters since 1969 and has been Director of Conservation and Technical Research since 1977. She did her undergraduate work in Art History at Swarthmore College, where she also focused on the sciences and studio art. She studied physical metallurgy in the graduate program at The Johns Hopkins University and received her diploma with distinction in archaeological conservation from the Institute of Archaeology, University of London. Drayman-Weisser has trained many conservators who are now in leadership positions in other museums. She has lectured and published widely and is known for her work with metals, enamels and ivory. She also served as President and Fellow of the American Institute for Conservation. She was recently awarded their Sheldon and Caroline Keck Award for mentoring conservators entering the field. She is also a Fellow of the International Institute for Conservation and has served on their Council. Drayman-Weisser has been involved with training conservators from Iraq, especially on the treatment of ancient, flood-damaged Nimrud ivories, and is currently working on a project to establish a conservation training program. She recently received the ICOM-US Service Award for her work in Iraq.