I am a professionally accredited photographic conservator and consultant. I love photographs in all their forms and my aim is to ensure that your photographs can be appreciated by you, now and in the future.
I have many years of experience, having run my own conservation business in the UK since 1990 and in 2000, I was in the first group of conservators to be accredited by the Institute of Conservation (ICON). My practice is also listed on the ICON Conservation Register. I qualified in 1985 with a BTEC HND in Paper Conservation from Camberwell School of Art and Craft and after qualifying, I was the Conservator for the BBC Hulton Picture Library, a collection of approximately 20 million images and one of the best photographic collections in the world (later to become part of Getty Images).
What I Do
I work with individual photographs and collections, offering an extensive range of conservation treatments for damaged and deteriorated photographs and I also provide consultancy services and advice online and in person. I can survey your collection and provide reports, giving practical advice and priorities for its care. These can be used for funding applications and for inhouse guidance. I have considerable teaching and training experience at all levels and offer courses and training sessions of variable lengths and for one person to large groups, both in person and online, tailored to your needs. I can advise about preparation of photographs for digitisation. I can help you with disaster recovery. I also write and speak extensively about photographic conservation. Most importantly, I pride myself on being approachable, friendly and giving practical, understandable, ethical and affordable advice.
I work and teach throughout Britain and abroad and have worked in Europe, North and South America, the Middle East, Australia and New Zealand for public and private collections and organizations. My clients include regional, national and international museums, libraries, archives, universities, businesses, professional societies, newspapers, insurance companies and private individuals. Examples include National Museum of Wales, National Museums of Scotland, Victoria and Albert Museum, London Metropolitan Archives, National Science and Media Museum, Henry Moore Institute, National Archives, Royal Institute of British Architects, Bodleian Library, National Trust, Tate and regional museums such as Brighton Museum and Art Gallery and the Dock Museum at Barrow-in-Furness amongst many others.
In 1996, I won the Museums and Galleries Commission Jerwood Conservation Award for Research and Innovation for my work on wet collodion positives on glass. This work was later published in Studies in Conservation, the Journal of the International Institute for Conservation of Historic and Artistic Works in 1998. I have continued to have a special research interest in the role of glass in photography and develop new techniques in relation to it.
In 1998, I devised and was the Conference Organiser and Preprint Editor for the international conference “Care of Photographic, Moving Image and Sound Collections”, part of the Arts Council Year of Photography and the Electronic Image.
I have been the Conservator for the Collaborative Research Project between the National Science and Media Museum and the Getty Conservation Institute (USA) looking at the characteristics of different photographic processes and also the Conservator for their Nicéphore Niépce project, investigating the world’s earliest photographs.
In 2013, I was the main tutor for the American Institute of Conservation collaborative workshop “Conservation of Glass in Photography” at the J Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles. In 2016, I gave workshops on the Conservation of Glass in Photography for the Australian Institute for the Conservation of Cultural Material at the National Gallery of Australia and New Zealand Conservators of Cultural Materials at the National Library of New Zealand.
Between 2014 and 2017 I was Honorary Teaching Fellow for the Centre for Archive and Information Studies at the University of Dundee.
I am an Assistant Co-ordinator of the ICOM-CC Photographic Materials Group and was previously Co-ordinator from 1999-2002. I am also a Committee Member for the York Consortium for Conservation and Craftmanship charity which provides bursaries for conservators. I have previously been a Committee Member for the Institute of Paper Conservation representing photographs and the Society of Archivists. I was the Honorary Assistant Secretary of the Yorkshire and Humberside Federation of Museums and Art Galleries from 1999-2001. (I am also a member of the Museums Association, the International Institute for Conservation of Historic and Artistic Works and the Royal Photographic Society).
Prior to my studies and work in conservation, I worked as Assistant Scientific Officer for the Institute of Terrestrial Ecology and continue to maintain my interest in ecology. My final year project at Camberwell School of Art and Craft was on the conservation of dried herbarium specimens for the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew which was written up in 1986 for Taxon, the Journal of the International Association for Plant Taxonomy.