Penny Bendall

Penny Bendall is a conservator of ceramics with over 30 years of experience and a Royal Warrant.  She works nationally and internationally for private clients and institutions including The Fitzwilliam Museum, Sir John Soane’s Museum, Historic Royal Palaces, Burghley House, Christie’s, and Sotheby’s. Penny is a Fellow of the International Institute for Conservation of Historic and Artistic Works.


A high-profile example of her work is the restoration of the smashed Qing vases at The Fitzwilliam Museum in 2006. Another is her evaluation of miniature terracotta warriors in China for safe transport to The Fitzwilliam Museum for a major exhibition in 2012.


Penny lectures, teaches, and organises conferences on conservation ethics and art education for art businesses, art history and art law postgraduates, financial institutions, Sotheby’s, and Christie’s.


Penny is a former trustee of The Queen Elizabeth Scholarship Trust (QEST), and was Development Director during the 2012 Diamond Jubilee campaign which doubled the amount of annual scholarship awards.


Penny was also a trustee of The Institute of Conservation (Icon) and is presently a board member of The Plowden Medal.