Tracy Wilcockson is a Conservator current working for the Borthwick Institute for Archives at the University of York. In 2008 the Queen Elizabeth Scholarship Trust provided funded for Tracy to undertake an MA in Conservation Studies (Historic Buildings) at the University of York. Where in addition to her academic studies Tracy undertook a placement in preventative conservation at English Heritage’s Collections Care department with eminent Conservation Scientist David Thickett and specialist studies in the conservation philosophy and theory of tangible and intangible heritage. Culminating in a research program in Asia spending time at UNESCO head office in Bangkok and heritage sites across Thailand.
Since receiving her scholarship Tracy has worked on the preventive and remedial conservation of Stained Glass for a number of clients, including York Minster, English Heritage, Cartwright Hall and New College Oxford. After a decade in stained glass conservation, she moved into the preventive conservation of collections in 2013. Through the support of the Wellcome Trust Tracy currently coordinates the preventive and remedial conservation of the Retreat Archive digitisation project, and through funding by the Shepherd Trust, runs the Conservation Volunteering program for the care of the Atkinson Brierley Architectural Archive. Tracy’s glass conservation experience has led her to develop a keen interest in the remedial and preventive conservation of photographic collections, with particular interest in photographic images on glass.
Tracy lectures for the University of York, promoting and teaching conservation to a wider, non-professional audience and has presented papers at the Archives and Records Association conference and photographic training course for practicing professionals. She also chairs the York Conservation Alumni Association to support and promote the work of graduating and established national and international Alumni from the conservation MA programs at the University of York.