Katie Brew

2018 QEST Thomas Goode Scholar - Paper Conservation

History of Art graduate Katie is Assistant Conservator at Palace Green Library, which holds Durham University’s Archives and Special Collections. She entered the profession through training alongside expert conservators whose clients included the Government Art Collection.

Katie is using her QEST Thomas Goode Scholarship to work towards the Archives & Records Association Certificate in Archive Conservation. This begins with a week of theory, then practical placements: maps and plans at the Highlands Archive Centre; wax seals at the National Library of Wales; paper at the West Yorkshire History Centre; and bookbinding and parchment at the Flintshire Record Office. Katie will also study Chemistry for Conservators.

Conservation science and preventive work slow deterioration, but there will always be a need for manual intervention. These placements will teach me to make reasoned choices for historical documents and take me closer to becoming an accredited book and paper conservator.