Edward Cheese

2005 QEST Scholar - Book Conservation

Edward is an Accredited Conservator of Books and Manuscripts, specialising in the conservation and binding of Western Medieval and Renaissance Manuscripts and fine printed books. His QEST Scholarship enabled him to complete the second year of his training at West Dean College, after which he was invited to join a project to digitise the world-famous Parker manuscripts at Corpus Christi College, Cambridge. When the project came to an end, he was offered a full-time position as conservator at the Cambridge Colleges’ Conservation Consortium, and became Conservation Manager there in 2012. Edward took up the position of Conservator of Manuscripts and Printed Books (Assistant Keeper) at the Fitzwilliam Museum in 2015, where he combines high-level practical conservation on one of the finest museum collections of manuscripts, and the Wren Library at Trinity College, with teaching and research into the history of bookbinding.

I am inspired by the craftsmanship of the medieval bindings which have come down to us and are still functioning. After many hours of repair, the excitement of being the first to sew a manuscript through the original holes since the first binder put it together is wonderfully rewarding!