Miriam Clavir’s work in conservation has focused on the relationship between museums and preservation, particularly in relation to indigenous peoples’ material culture housed in museums. She has written on changes in museums and in conservation in response to aboriginal concerns; building relationships with First Nations communities on issues of preservation; and the museum itself and conservation values and practices. Recently her work has concentrated on the underlying philosophical issues in museum conservation such as the preservation of cultural significance. Dr. Miriam Clavir is the Conservator Emerita at MOA, the UBC Museum of Anthropology, and taught at several universities.
Miriam Clavir’s first mystery novel, Insinuendo: Murder in the Museum, is published by Bayeux Arts.