Lyndsie Selwyn

Senior Conservation Scientist, Conservation Science Division

Main areas of work and/or specializations

  • metals: corrosion problems and treatments
  • electrochemical treatments of metals
  • outdoor metallic art
  • historic silver
  • archaeological iron
  • lead hazards
  • modern metals (aluminum)


Lyndsie Selwyn graduated in 1985 from the University of California at San Diego with a Ph.D. in Physical Chemistry, followed by post-doctoral research at the National Research Council of Canada in Ottawa. In 1987, she joined the Canadian Conservation Institute (CCI) and is presently a Senior Conservation Scientist. Her research focuses on the corrosion and conservation problems associated with metals.

CCI published her book Metals and Corrosion in 2004: A Handbook for the Conservation Professional.

Lyndsie has published numerous articles in peer-reviewed journals as well as in four books. Her research projects include work on archaeological iron, historic silver, outdoor bronze statues, and lead hazards. She lectures and teaches workshops on metals. She has served on two program committees for the most recent Committee for Conservation of the International Council of Museums (ICOM-CC) Metals Working Group interim conferences, Metal 2010 and Metal 2013.

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