Kjerstin Mackie

Textiles Conservator

A textile conservator at the Royal BC Museum, job-sharing since 1991, Kjerstin Mackie has a postgraduate diploma from the Courtauld Institute, University of London, England, and a BA in archaeology from Simon Fraser University. Before coming to the Royal BC Museum, she worked as a bench conservator and later as second-year tutor at the Textile Conservation Centre at Hampton Court Palace. Prior to that, Kjerstin worked as an archaeologist in BC, the US, Peru and Egypt.

Kjerstin was the Royal BC Museum conservator on the Kwädąy Dän Ts’ìnchį project, a successful collaboration between the Royal BC Museum, the Archaeology Branch of the BC government, and the Champagne and Aishihik First Nations. She has been working since 1999 to examine, research and report on materials found preserved in a glacier with human remains.

Kjerstin has also prepared textiles and costumes for numerous in-house and visiting exhibitions, creating reproduction historical clothing, and in one instance, an emergency treatment on a 900-year-old garment travelling with the Genghis Khan exhibit. She has published numerous papers in conservation journals.


Bachelor of arts, archaeology, Simon Fraser University

Post-graduate diploma, textile conservation, University of London's Courtauld Institute

Areas of Interest

First Nations fibre, textile and clothing conservation

Preventive and maintenance conservation



Contact Kjerstin Mackie

Email: kmackie@royalbcmuseum.bc.ca

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