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.
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
- 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"
Book & Archive Conservation