Sally Gunhee Kim

Object Conservator

Sally G. Kim (she/her) joined the Royal BC Museum & BC Archives in 2023 as the Objects Conservator. Sally examines objects for their material identification and condition assessment, and proposes strategies for their longer-term preservation. Each assessment and/or treatment is contextualized in partnership with collection managers, curators and consultants to reflect the tangible and intangible values of objects. Conservation and preservation of objects for the past, current and future generations are important so that we can continue connecting with history, traditions and values in our communities with changing social values and identities.

Sally received her Masters of Art Conservation from Queen’s University in 2019 with a specialization in the objects conservation. She completed her internships and held fellowship positions at institutions in North America, including the Museum of Anthropology at the University of British Columbia, Musée McCord Stewart, Williamstown Art Conservation Center and the Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian.

Sally has a strong interest in the preservation of diverse cultural heritage and promotion of accessibility and equity in the field of conservation. She is the founding chair of Inclusion, Diversity, Equity and Accessibility (IDEA) Committee at Canadian Association for Conservation of Cultural Property (CAC).


MAC (Masters of Art Conservation), with specialization in Objects Conservation, Queen’s University

BA, Physical Chemistry / Visual Arts, Brown University

Areas of Interest

Preservation and conservation of diverse cultural heritage

Promotion of accessibility and equity in the field of conservation

Multifold, multisensory approach to collections care

Collaboration between Museum education and Conservation