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Professional History



Conservation Services

Conservation of Related Materials

Archives and private collections will often contain a wide variety of materials, not just book and archival material.  I will occasionally work on objects that contain paper or leather etc.  

Charles Dickens Chair

     •       Laminated paper seat of chair

     •       Large section detached

     •       Large tear running to front of seat

     •       Nails lifting and nail holes broken

Before Conservation

After Conservation

     •       Section reattached

     •       Large tear repaired

     •       Nail holes repaired and nails replaced

Man and Women Figures, Leather Covered Glass Bottles owned by the National Leather Collection

After Conservation

Before Conservation

Papier Mache Trinket Box

Vellum Lampshade


Thomas Mudge Clock Case with Shagreen Band

Before Conservation

     •       Vellum lampshade covered in signatures, numerous watersoluble inks used

     •       Large tear runs from top to bottom


After Conservation


This clock was made by Thomas Mudge in 1779, and it represented an historical milestone in the development of clocks that is still in use today.

The case it sits in has a green shagreen band around the perimeter.

It was cracked in several place with pieces missing.

The shagreen was removed, repaired and re attached

Before Conservation

After Conservation

Leather Covered Boxes

©Lara Meredith


Leather boxes come in all shapes and sizes.

This one is for a rolled vellum manucsript with with large wax seal attached.

The leather can become damaged and the lid detached when the hinge tears.

Lara Meredith

Book & Archive Conservation