Virginie Ternisien

Adjunct Professor MSHP


Office: 843-730-5092

2013 - MA in Conservation, research program, from Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne University, France.

2011 – MA in Conservation and Restoration of Cultural Property, Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne University, France.

2009 – BA in Preservation of Cultural Property, Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne University, France.

Virginie Ternisien holds a Bachelor and two Master degrees in Conservation, for professional and research aims, both from Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne University. She specialized in conservation of archaeological objects through her studies and internships carried out in her native France, such as at the Centre de Recherche et de Restauration des Musées de France (C2RMF, Center for Research and Conservation of Museums of France), the Musée du Louvre and the Musée d’Orsay. She also participated in conservation projects abroad, which included the British Museum, the Temples of Karnak in Egypt and two excavations in Albania. She first joined the WLCC as an intern in 2010-2011 where she learned the conservation of marine artifacts and the stabilization of iron artifacts using subcritical fluids technology. After her graduation in 2011, she was employed as a conservator at the Maryland Archaeological Conservation Laboratory (MAC Lab), Maryland.

Her dissertations assessed the use of subcritical technology for stabilizing iron artifacts recovered from the H. L. Hunley submarine and the desalination treatments of marine iron-wood composite artifacts. For both of them, she received the first class honors.

Since July 2013, Virginie is working with the WLCC, involved in both Conservation and Research departments. She dedicates her efforts to the H. L. Hunley project and to the development of subcritical fluid technology for stabilizing metal artifacts.

Research interest:
Her research interests focus on corrosion and treatment of iron artifacts, the application of subcritical fluid technology for the stabilization of metal artifacts, and the conservation of marine metal-organic composite artifacts.

Ternisien V., González-Pereyra N., Mardikian P., Näsänen L., Cretté S., Rennison B. (2013 in press) ‘Evaluating subcritical alkaline fluids for a batch stabilization of iron artifacts from the H. L. Hunley submarine (1864)’, Interim Meeting of the ICOM-CC Metal Working Group, Metal 2013 Edinburgh, Scotland, 16th – 20th September 2013, 189-196.

Viseux-Robert A. C., Rouquié E., Ternisien V. (2010) ‘La restauration d’une sculpture monumentale en aluminium de Françoise Salmon’, in Autour du métal, étude, conservation, restauration, Tours, Association des Restaurateurs en Sculpture de l’Ecole de Tours (ARSET), Les Rencontres de l'Arset, 71-92. “Conservation of a monumental outdoor sculpture in aluminum from Francoise Salmon”, In Colloquium: Around the Metal, Study, Conservation, Restoration.

Ternisien V. (2009) ‘Conservation in action: Welcome to the “CSI lab”’, E-conservation magazine n°12, December, 25-35.