After graduating from her Conservation MA at Camberwell College of Arts with Distinction, Sarai spent the summer of 2013 volunteering at the College of Arms and working on a short term contract at the Scottish Conservation Studio. In October, she went on to work at the Leather Conservation Centre (LCC) in Northampton, where she was the Institute of Conservation (Icon) and Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) Book and Archival Material Intern.
Sarai described the Internship as a brilliant opportunity for her to widen her skill set, gain a better understanding of book and archive conservation, and develop in-depth knowledge and experience of conservation methodology and decision making, as well as practical treatments. Sarai was allowed the opportunity to take part in most aspects of the centre, including surveying library collections, carrying out reports and quotations, practical treatments, re-housing and mounting, social media promotion of the centre, visiting other studios, giving presentations and attending courses and training events.
Sarai has recently left the LCC to take up the position of Botanic Conservation Intern at The Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew. She is due to start this new post on the 8th September, where she will be working on the conservation of Kew's bound herbarium collection. Sarai is excited to start working in this prestigious institution, on both books and botanic material.
The QEST scholarship funded Sarai’s course at Camberwell College of Arts and was instrumental in enabling her to focus solely on her studies. It also gave her the freedom during her Masters to carry out work based placements and internships at a host of, which undoubtedly placed her in excellent stead for professional working life. Sarai would like to thank QEST as well as The Clothworkers’ Foundation for their support throughout her conservation training.