Exhibitions and Loans
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“I have known Susie Clark for many years through her work with the museum and as a leader in the field of photograph conservation in the UK. She has undertaken surveys, condition reports, conservation treatment, training and assisted with exhibitions. She is always ethical, professional and her advice is always valuable”. P.W.
"I loved the course and the teacher. She is really well versed in what she does".
"Wonderful teacher. Best course I've been on for many years".
Your photographs may be in an art collection, an archive, a museum or another type of organisation, or you may have a family photograph. They may be from the earliest days of photography or they may be contemporary images. As an ICON accredited conservator, you can have confidence in the professional care I
will give your photographs. I have experience of working with all types of photograph, including on paper, glass, metal and film amongst others. I also work with photographs presented in frames, cases, albums, boxes and enclosures. I can help with many types of conservation problem.
A significant amount of the work that
I do is the preparation of information and reports for funding applications by institutions. This may contribute to conservation, rehousing, digitisation and community projects, or the construction of a new building for housing and displaying collections.
I have contributed to many successful funding bids.
Photographs sometimes require further investigation for identification and historical purposes, or to revise or develop new treatments. Every research project is different so please contact me if you think I can help.
I always continue to develop my knowledge and I have been fortunate to have been involved with some very productive and interesting research projects. I have been awarded the Museums and Galleries Commission Jerwood Conservation Award for Research and Innovation for my work.
I carry out condition surveys of collections which will help you to prioritise items in most urgent need of attention and focus expenditure where it is most needed. This is usually part of a wider assessment of preservation needs, considering factors such as the environment where photographs are stored and displayed and what other housing and building factors are present which might be affecting them.
This can help to inform your plans for the collection and guide your strategy and policy for its future.
Photographs may require assessment for suitability for display before selection for an exhibition. (Some photographic processes are more stable than others and existing deterioration can affect their light sensitivity). I can condition check items before loan or exhibition and when they return. I can also assess their remedial treatment needs before exhibition.
Digitisation works best when it is integrated with conservation. Conservation is relevant to many aspects of digitisation. Clearly digitising photographs in good condition ensures a better quality image. The digitisation
programme needs to be planned
in such a way that it poses the minimum of risk to the photographs during the process. Much more effective use of digitisation can be made as a tool of preservation if certain processes and collections are prioritised so they can be put into appropriate storage more quickly. Otherwise it can be a wasted opportunity.
TRAINING AND COURSES
I have considerable experience of teaching and training at all levels and can offer courses and training of variable lengths and for one person to large groups, both in person and online, tailored to your needs. I have taught many courses for heritage bodies, including regional museums services. I regularly give courses for West Dean College at the British Library. I have provided inhouse staff training for the Victoria and Albert Museum, National Museum of Wales, National Records of Scotland, National Trust and Tate.
I can help with the recovery and conservation of photographs in
the immediate aftermath of disasters and afterwards. Disasters can be caused by floods, fire and storms and it is usually important to act quickly to minimise further damage. I work for organisations, individuals and insurance companies in the event of disasters. I can provide advice, assistance and remedial conservation.
WRITING AND MEDIA
I have written for many publications including academic journals, magazines, websites, conference papers, books and leaflets. I have also been translated into a number of languages. I have created material for training and teaching purposes. I have been interviewed and filmed and have also made my own videos for training and lecturing and for other organisations to host on the internet.