Freelance Conservator Profiles

Erica Read

Erica studied Conservation at Camberwell College, University of the Arts London, a course noted for its paper conservation. While working at the Natural History Museum in London she was involved with major exhibitions, conducted condition surveys and worked on a wide range of specimens including fossils, herbariums, mixed media models and mounted skins. It was here that she became particularly interested in the conservation of taxidermy, developing ways of restoring the natural visual impact of specimens using reversible conservation techniques and materials. Erica is also experienced in large-scale packaging for long term storage and object transport.

Erica currently works for Sir Quentin Blake as his archive conservator, caring for his collection of artworks including the original illustrations for classic books including Mister Magnolia, the BFG and Arabel’s raven.

Nicola Harrison

Nicola completed her MSc Conservation for Archaeology and Museums at UCL in 2013, training which focused on the conservation of archaeological material. During her studies, and while on internships at the Horniman Museum and Victoria and Albert Museum, Nicola developed a particular interest in ethnographic and natural history conservation. After graduation she began work as the Clothworkers’ Junior Fellow in Organics Conservation in the Organics Artefact Conservation Department of the British Museum and worked on a variety of protein-based objects, including feathers, skin and ivory. While working as a conservator at the Natural History Museum, Nicola treated fossilised material, taxidermy and mineralogical specimens while undertaking pest monitoring, condition surveys, exhibition installation and loan couriering.

Cheryl Lynn

Cheryl gained her Post Graduate Diploma in Conservation from City and Guilds of London Art School, where the course centred on the conservation of decorative surfaces and objects made of stone, wood and other sculptural materials. She is trained in traditional skills such as gilding and plaster casting as well as laser cleaning techniques. Cheryl has completed placements at the Science Museum, the Foundling Museum and St Paul’s Cathedral, working on archaeological stone from the cathedral collections. She also assisted with the conservation of the choir stalls at Westminster Abbey for the royal wedding in 2011. Cheryl has been involved with a number of conservation projects at the Natural History Museum, including work on the mammal research collection, exhibition installation and the blue whale skeleton.

Kay Saunders

Kay studied Conservation at Camberwell College of Art where she trained in traditional bookbinding techniques as well as paper, textile and natural history conservation. She has worked extensively with natural history specimens and has a particular interest in ethnographic artefacts made from keratinous material.

Whilst at the Natural History Museum, Kay has been involved in re-housing a significant part of the mammal research collection, temporary exhibitions, and treating objects for display for the Hintze Hall redevelopment. Kay also has significant experience in the physical, chemical and mechanical changes that can occur in fibres during the process of fungal growth the potential damage caused to objects. She is able to inform both remedial and preventive conservation decisions when dealing with collections vulnerable to fungal infestation.

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