Victoria Stevens ACR
Conservation through generosity, engagement and efficiency
I am a highly experienced library and archive conservator delivering a comprehensive conservation service across the UK. I am an accredited member of the Institute of Conservation (Icon), and am proud to be listed on the Conservation Register. Full details of my background and experience can be found here.
With over 20 years’ experience of working in written heritage, predominantly in the library and archive collections of several Oxford University colleges but also in museum, educational and religious libraries and archives throughout the UK, I manage my own conservation practice and preservation consultancy from my well-equipped studio in Reading.
I am able to offer an extensive range of practical conservation treatments, and am confident and skilled in treating a wide variety of formats and materials of all ages. Additionally, I am able to provide pragmatic conservation and preservation advice including condition assessments and conservation audits, environmental monitoring and management, handling and moving collections and preparing objects for exhibition or digitisation. I am available to undertake collection-wide projects as well welcoming the opportunity to work on one-off, individual objects.
Regardless of the size of the project, every client is offered a cost-effective service tailored to their individual requirements and to those of each object, with full consultation from initial condition assessment, through treatment to final reporting and aftercare.
Victoria has always combined her deep understanding of materials and structures with a commitment to sharing and explaining her knowledge.
Owen McKnightCollege Librarian, Jesus College Oxford
Victoria has been a true force for good; she has been extremely generous with her time, knowledge and skills, encouraging us to pursue good practice, offering practical solutions and training staff members and trainees....Victoria is a person of enthusiasm, commitment and dedication.
Jeff CowtonCurator and Head of Learning, The Wordsworth Trust
We have worked with Victoria over many years at Harris Manchester College, Oxford and have always been delighted by the quality of her work. She has advised us on several projects in a very professional and friendly manner for which we are very grateful. I can recommend her unreservedly.
Susan KilloranLibrarian, Harris Manchester College Oxford
HND (Bookbinding); London College of Printing, University of the Arts, London; final grade distinction
Chemistry for Conservators; International Academic Projects, London; final grade distinction