Jane Foley ACR
I am an experienced conservator with specialist knowledge in sculpture, large and small object conservation and archaeological site conservation and management I originally qualified at the City and Guilds of London Art School specialising in stone, wood and related decorative surfaces (polychromy, lacquer and gilding}; later widening my chemical and physical knowledge to include metals. My years spent at the British Museum, gave me extraordinary experience which provided the foundation for travel and work overseas in the Middle East on two national collections; Turkey, where for ten years I was Head of Conservation at the Byzantine site of Amorium and the USA, forming a strategic partnership with 3rd Coast Conservation at Liparini for whom I manage significant projects for a variety of institutions, including major museums and universities in Chicago. In Chicago in working for the Museum of Contemporary Art I built wider experience in modern materials like plastics and other materials including the use of wax in artworks. A little over a decade ago I took time to formally study heritage management gaining my MA at the University of Birmingham. We established a home in Wales from where I travel when required to for work but also manage projects for organisations in the wider UK and in the West Midlands and Wales.
I have a interests in contemporary art, abandoned industrial and domestic archaeology, social history, and occasional fly fishing.
I have had the privilege of working with Jane Foley over the last 20 plus years engaged in various conservation projects from oversized sculptures; underpass ceramic tile art installations and technology artifacts such as motor car engines and the one-of-a-kind World War 2 German Submarine U-505.
Ms. Foley is a pleasure to work with as she is organized and a problem solver along with being able to effectively communicate with her clients on chosen techniques and recommended treatments. It is an imperative that a partner must be willing and able to be flexible in the museum world. Ms. Foley has time and time again, demonstrated her commitment to both the objects upon which she is working and with her colleagues. She is a true conservation professional with whom I chose to work frequently.
To any company or cultural institution who is considering engaging Ms. Foley in conservation work, I highly recommend that there are none better than she.
Please feel free to contact me should you have any specific questions - Margaret.firstname.lastname@example.org
Ms Margaret SchlesingerCurator: Museum of Science and Industry Chicago
In addition to long standing conservation services and support for our collection care in general, Jane Foley responded to our efforts to assess the future for our collection and pursuit of conservation grants in the development of a proposal for an holistic survey of the entire collection and overall conservation plan for my institution. She included plans for condition assessment, of our object care practices and storage conditions. If this survey were to be implemented, it would enable conclusions about where deficiencies lie in our exhibition and storage practices and environment. The proposal was extremely clear and thorough in laying out how the data would be collected and evaluated, so that recommendations could be made for all aspects our collection management program. Although at present we are not able to prioritise a collection survey, should that change Jane’s proposal will help us reconfigure our approach to a study of the collection by providing a more targeted approach that would address a percentage of our collection on an annual basis, with the goal of directing more grant funding towards the treatment of specific objects.
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Ms A Louvier: contact only by permisssion on application to Jane FoleySenior Registrar Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago
We have just finished a two-year project renovating our lovely country house. Much of this work involved bringing the old part of the house back to life. For this we extensively used Jane Foley and her team. Work included removing paint layers from the cornicing, and where there losses, remaking it… removal of paint and old varnish from shutters treating and re-hanging. Our front door and lobby were brought back to life by Jane and her team. The work has been of the highest standard. These beautiful period pieces that had lost some of their sheen look utterly amazing now. Not only is her work superb but also as important, it is a delight to have her and her team working in our home; they are always enthusiastic, extremely focused and clear about the work they are doing. Thank you!
6 Apr 2020, 09:22
Ed O'Brien Client: contact permission via Jane Foley on requestOwner: 1810 Georgian mansion in mid Wales
Stockport Museums have been working with Foley Conservation for many years now, this company is our first port of call for most of our conservation requirements. Jane Foley and her team of expert associates are a dream to work with; professional, knowledgeable, methodical, with a wide skillset and therefore able to work with multiple materials. Jane Foley is extremely trustworthy, communicative about her approach and flexible in her delivery. Foley Conservation has worked on multiple objects for Stockport Museums including; the conservation and restoration of a collection of Charles Faulkner Armitage metal work interiors, a ceramic light fitting, a suit of armour and earlier this year they restored a 17th century Italianate cabinet. Jane Foley has also undertaken a number of conservation reports for future work. When we engage Foley Conservation, we know that the work will be executed to the highest standard. We would not hesitate to recommend the services of Jane Foley, in fact we are looking forward to welcoming her and her team back to Bramall Hall for another project as soon as social distancing restrictions are lifted.
Linn Robinson, Museum Officer
Stockport Museums (Bramall Hall)
Linn Morrison (Contact permission via contact with Jane FoleyMuseum Officer: Stockport Museums (Bramall Hall)
Dip Cons (BA equivalent Conservation of Stone and Wood including related decorative surfaces (gilding, polychromy and lacquer)
MA Heritage Management (Merit)