Clavir, Miriam

Miriam Clavir

Miriam Lisa Clavir writes traditional mysteries set in museums or on archaeological excavations. She was born in Toronto and grew up within walking distance of the Royal Ontario Museum. She graduated from the University of Toronto with an Honours BA in Anthropology, from Queen’s University with a Master of Art Conservation, and in mid-career from the University of Leicester, England, with a Doctorate in Museum Studies. Miriam has worked for the Royal Ontario Museum, the National Historic Sites Service, and for many years the Museum of Anthropology, University of British Columbia, as their first and later Senior Conservator.

Author of many conservation articles, in 2002 she published a scholarly book, Preserving What is Valued: Museums, Conservation and First Nations, with UBC Press, winning a prize for excellence from the Canadian Museums Association.

Miriam and her husband, the poet John Donlan (whom she first met at the Museum of Contemporary Photography), divide their time between rural Ontario and Vancouver.