Conservation Student- Claire Hutchison

In this week’s blog, Claire, our first placement student of the summer describes her experience of working with us…

My name is Claire and I am a conservation student from Northumbria University, specialising in paper conservation. This is the first of several voluntary work placements I must carry out as part of my Master’s degree. Working at the conservation studio the past two weeks has challenged me to work with new materials outside of my specialism.

Claire working in the studio

I have been working on artworks that will be displayed as part of the University’s new exhibition, ‘Highlands to Hindustan’ which goes on display at the end of July. My role was to conserve the works where needed, but to also improve the storage and display of the objects. This meant a great deal of multi-tasking and time management. Continue reading

Volunteer Voice – Laura Keizer

In this week’s blog, we interview a conservation volunteer to find out what they do in the studio and the benefits of volunteering….

Laura Keizer surface cleaning a bound volume in the conservation studio

Laura Keizer surface cleaning a bound volume in the conservation studio

1.What is your name?

Laura Keizer

2. Where are you from?

I’m originally from the Netherlands, but – following a short stint in Reykjavík – have been an Edinburgh resident for over three years now

3. What do you do when you are not volunteering?

Despite currently being swamped in dissertation research for the MSc in Book History and Material Culture, I love to go hiking in the Scottish hills and highlands, hunting for castles or other medieval vestiges on my bike, or simply reading a book or knitting.

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