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I have been a practicing Book & Archive Conservator since graduating from Camberwell College of Arts, London in 1995 (now University of the Arts).  I studied for BA(Hons) Paper Conservation, a broad training in the conservation of paper based items, specialising in Book & Archive Conservation.


Returning to education in 1997 I completed a Postgraduate Diploma in the ‘Conservation of Rare Books & Manuscripts’ at West Dean College, Nr. Chichester, West Sussex; under the tutelage of Christopher Clarkson.  Christopher Clarkson was a pre-eminent conservator who transformed the understanding, handling and preservation of rare books and manuscripts by adapting traditional approaches to the repair of medieval manuscripts and early printed books and worked to raise awareness of their importance as historical artefacts.  As a freelance conservator I worked at The Leather Conservation Centre, Northampton, and have been employed as a conservator for The University of York, Middle Temple Law Court Library and West Sussex Record Office.


I currently am the Subject Tutor on the Graduate, Postgraduate and MA Book & Library conservation courses at West Dean College as well as working as a freelance conservator.

I am an Associate Member of the Institute of Conservation (ICON) and signed up to the Professional Standards and Code Of Conduct they provide.


Full professional insurance

All work is carried out using sound conservation practices and materials and to museum standards, and archive standards PD5454:2012: Guide For The Storage And Exhibition Of Archival Materials.

My clients include:


Petworth House Archives, West Sussex


The National Trust


Royal Pavillion, Brighton


Horniman Museum and Gardens, London


National Army Museum, London


Royal Academy of Culinary Arts, London


The Armitt Collection, Cumbria



Whilst working under contract at The Leather Conservation Centre, Northampton:


- Tate Archive, London                                                                - Northamptonshire Archives

- Royal Armouries, Leeds                                                            - SS Great Britain, Bristol

- National Maritime Museum, London                                    - National Leather Collection, Northampton

- The Oxford Union, Oxford                                                      

- Charles Dickens Museum, London

- Rochester Cathedral, Kent

I work from a secure conservation studio fitted with fire and smoke protection with environmental monitoring.

Advising on the "Adopt a Book Scheme" at Stationer' Hall

Training volunteers at West Sussex Record Office

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- The Worshipful Company of Leathersellers                         

- The Worshipful Company of Stationers and Newspaper Makers

- The Worshipful Company of Saddlers

Here is a video made about my work for Rochester Cathedral on their "Vinegar Bible"

Lara Meredith

Book & Archive Conservation