Bridget Warrington ACR
I am an independent book and archive conservator based near Leyburn in North Yorkshire with extensive experience of both remedial conservation projects as well as preventive conservation.
I started my conservation career in 2005 working for the Churchill Archive Centre and in 2013 moved to the Cambridge Colleges’ Conservation Consortium based at Corpus Christi College, Cambridge, initially as Book and Manuscript Conservator and then in 2014 taking on the lead role as Managing Conservator.
Ms Warrington was recommended to me, and after initial discussions she prepared a proposal to carry out the necessary work on two books from the collection. Ms Warrington was duly commissioned to do this, and the results have been excellent. My colleagues and I have been most impressed by the breadth of Bridget's knowledge in this highly specialised field, her meticulous attention to detail and the skill she has demonstrated in achieving the desired outcomes. We were kept informed of progress at all stages through a series of illustrated reports, which now form part of our Library archive.
Brian StaggCustos, The Trigge Library, Grantham
We have used Bridget for several projects since she became independent. One particularly challenging project is a donor-funded, high-specification conservation of a volume of 16th century inventories which was bound in a vellum wallet-with-tab-and-slit style cover. The cover has shrunk and the volume needed rebinding. A lot of thought has been done on how much to preserve the look and feel of the original, given that the tab fixing is prone to change shape as the environmental conditions change. Of course, we will retain the original cover but Bridget has suggested some measures that will best serve the object while also retaining its ancient character. Both in her administrative capacity and as an independent conservator I have found her to be eminently qualified, efficient, responsive, communicative, imaginative and accommodating. The quality of her work is highest-rate, and as far as I can tell she adheres to Best Practice in reversibility, documentation and transparency. She spends as much time as is required discussing the options with us in advance, listens to our concerns, the intended us and needs of the document, and our budget, when she proposes treatments. If, during conservation, she finds that the proposed treatment is not appropriate after all, she contacts us to discuss revisions. She always provides reports including 'before and after' photos that are hugely useful for our own records. She often undertakes our donor-funded conservation work and we are proud to share the reports with the donors. Bridget Warrington is a knowledgeable, skilled, well-informed conservator who skilfully achieves, as far as I can tell, modern conservation best practice.
Patricia McGuire, the Archive Centre, King's College, CambridgeArchivist
MA Preventive Conservation, Northumbria University
Graduate Certificate in Bookbinding and Book Restoration, London College of Communications (University of Arts, London)
Chemistry for Conservators, International Academic Projects (Tutors: CV Horie and Dr D Kenyon)