Lisa Young has served as objects conservator at the National Air and Space Museum since 2009. She earned her B.Sc. (Honors) in conservation at the University of Wales, Cardiff. She has worked at the Museum since 1997, where she conducted primary research on the degradation and preservation of spacesuits and related materials. From 1999 to 2006 she served as the project conservator to the Save America’s Treasures Project, Saving Threatened Artifacts from the Apollo Era. On the project, Young consulted on the conservation of the Saturn V rocket assembly in Houston, Texas, and performed a technical and condition survey on over 200 spacesuits in the National collection.  She has treated a variety of aerospace materials; written and published articles; and presented information to professionals, school groups, and the public.

In 2015, Young collaborated with colleagues from the National Air and Space Museum in its first Kickstarter campaign to conserve, display, and digitize Neil Armstrong's spacesuit for the 50th Anniversary of the Apollo 11 mission in 2019. Her research interests are spacesuit construction and materials; conservation treatment and analysis of polymers and aluminum alloys; and public outreach in conservation. She is currently the outreach chair for Washington Conservation Guild and served as president from 2005 to 2007. She has been a fellow of the American Institute for Conservation of Historic and Artistic Works since 2016.



Chemello, Collum, Mardikian, Sembrat and Young (ed.) 2017.  Aluminum: History, Technology and Conservation-Proceedings from the 2014 International Conference.  Smithsonian Scholarly Press, Washington, D.C. (forth coming 2017).

Young, Lisa and Amanda Young, 2001. The Preservation, Storage and Display of Spacesuits. Smithsonian Institution, Collections Care Series, Volume 5: 23 pages.   

Young, L. 2005 “Conserving our Past” in Unlocking The Past: Celebrating Historical Archaeology in North America by Lu Ann DeCunzo and John H. Jameson.  University of Florida Press, pp. 185-188.

Shashoua, Y., U. Schnell and L. Young, 2002. “Deterioration of Plasticized PVC Components in Apollo Spacesuits” in Plastics in Art: History, Technology and Preservation. Munich: Siegel: pp. 69-79.

Young, Lisa et al. 2016 “Finding a Suitable Method for Chloride Removal and Preventive Storage of Spacesuit Gloves at the National Air and Space Museum” in Aluminum: History, Technology and Conservation. Smithsonian Scholarly Press, 2016 (forthcoming).

H. Wellman and L. Young 2013 “Professional Outreach and Public Conservation: Examples from the Washington Conservation Guild” in The Public Face of Conservation. London: Archetype Publication, pp. 251-255.

Young, L and M. Avino 2013 “A Picture is Worth a Thousand Words: Using X-radiographs of the National Air and Space Museum’s Spacesuit Collection to Promote Preservation” in The Public Face of Conservation. London: Archetype Publication, pp. 49-56.

M. Breuker, C. McNamara, L. Young, T.D. Perry IV, A. Young, and R. Mitchell  2003  “Fungal Growth on Synthetic Cloth from the Apollo Spacesuits” in Annals of Microbiology 53: 47-54.

Young, L. 2002 “Saving America’s Treasures: Threatened Artifacts from the Apollo Era”. AIC Joint Objects-Textile Specialty Group Post Prints (9). 

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