Jonathan Wright

2020 QEST Garfield Weston Foundation Scholar - Globemaking

Jonathan has worked at Bellerby & Co. Globemakers for 8 years, during which time he has trained a new generation of makers and cartographers and led the development of new techniques and practices. His QEST Scholarship will enable him to undertake the Graduate Diploma Arts: Conservation of Books & Paper course at City & Guilds of London Art School. Here he will be building on his current globemaking practice and the new skills he learns will enable him to expand into globe conservation.

Over generations, globes have endured but their purpose has constantly shifted. The globes Jonathan now produces focus on the representation of personal histories through bespoke cartography. This comes with a duty to ensure these heirloom objects stand the test of time, for which an understanding of the chemistry of deterioration and conservation techniques are vital. Due to the complex mix of materials, conservators from a range of different specialisms are usually required to undertake globe conservation and knowledge has often been sequestered. Approaching this discipline from the perspective of a globemaker will allow him to build upon research and presents the chance to make a meaningful contribution that can be passed on to future practitioners.  

Image credits: Gareth Pon, Ana Santl and Kaori Oyama for Bellerby & Co. Globemakers