Mr Simon James Harris

Mr Simon James Harris

Collections Conservation and Digitisation Manager

Location: BGS Keyworth

Tel: 0115 936 3179

E-mail Mr Simon James Harris

ORCID: 0000000274087255


  • 2009 –2012 : Collections Photographer and Collections Management Adviser, Freelance
  • 2006 –2009 : Collections Photographer, The National Trust
  • 2006 –2007 : The University of Lincoln, PGDip Conservation of Historic Objects (Distinction)
  • 1996 –2000 : The University of Birmingham, BEng (Hons) Materials Science and Technology

Professional association

  • Member of the Geological Curators Group

Research interests

  • Automated processing of bulk digital imagery
  • The use and utilisation of open source hardware and software in the museum environment
  • Automation of repetitive tasks (for example photography of many thousands of microscope slides) using off the shelf microcontroller driven hardware


  • Conservation of historic objects
  • Conservation treatment of geological material - pyrite oxidation, breaks and fractures, microclimates and repackaging
  • Photography, digital and analogue, with cameras ranging from 35mm to Large Format
  • Digital image processing using commercial and open source packages - Adobe Photoshop, Lightroom, ImageMagick, GIMP
  • Collections management and databases
  • 2D and 3D mechanical design
  • SQL database work - Microsoft Access, Oracle SQL, MySQL, SQLite
  • Creation of 3D models of physical objects using varied techniques including laser scanning and photogrammetry.
  • Preparation and processing of 3D models in common formats (STL, OBJ, PLY) for additive manufacturing ("3D printing"). Scan based design using Geomagic.
  • Simple script or programme creation using DOS command shell, Bash shell or Python

Team awards

  • 2015 : International Data Rescue Award in the Geosciences 2015 - GB3D Type Fossils Online project awarded first prize