Claire Fry ACR
Accredited conservator specialising in preventive conservation and collections care for historic house and museum collections and filming supervision.
Over twenty years experience of all aspects of preventive conservation/ collections care including condition audits and risk assessments, collection care plans, conservation housekeeping, environmental monitoring and control, insect pest management, safe display and storage methods and reducing the risks from hospitality, filming and events.
Managed the preparation for, shooting and strike of many TV and feature film productions using historic properties as locations.
Experience of project planning and installations including the new Stonehenge Visitor Centre (responsible for ensuring preventive conservation measures were part of the building, display cases and exhibitions and managing all conservation treatments.)
Assessor for the PACR (Professional Accreditation of Conservators-Restorers) qualification.
Member of the Leicester Cathedral Fabric Advisory Committee.
Trustee of Icon.
English Heritage regularly employs Spencer & Fry for filming projects at our historic sites across the country. Having Claire on board enables us to work on complex projects with large-scale production companies and confidently deliver to a high standard. She is creative in finding solutions to the client’s requests whilst never compromising the care of our sites. Claire is experienced in all areas of filming conservation, from the preparation of delicate rooms for set-dressing to the assessment of humidity and interior lux levels. Her ability to respond to the constantly changing environment of a film set with professionalism, discretion, and good humour makes her a real pleasure to work with.
Amy MulhollandSenior Filming Coordinator, English Heritage
Working with Spencer and Fry has transformed the way we operate filming within our historic buildings. Their presence, their experience and their confidence with film crews allows us to offer those filming with us the opportunity to achieve more complicated shots as well as reassuring our own conservation teams that the activity is safe for both the fabric of the buildings and the collections stored within them. It has allowed us a greater dialogue with film crews and we don't do any large scale filming without them!
Sophie LininSenior Business Development Manager, Royal Museums Greenwich
We commissioned Claire to review our newly drafted emergency plan to ensure it was clear, workable, and would meet accreditation standards. Claire provided constructive feedback on the content and structure of the plan and provided recommendations for salvage, treatments, and equipment. We toured our site to assess the proposed salvage areas, and Claire provided recommendations on access routes, security, and salvage equipment. Claire is very knowledgeable, having worked in this field for many years with both small and large scale organisations. She is very approachable, and no question is considered too small. I would highly recommend Claire for all aspects of emergency planning
Caroline HamsonHeritage Collections Officer, The Scout Association Heritage
BSc Archaeological Conservation, Cardiff University
PG Dip Care of Collections, Cardiff University
Attingham Summer School
Environmental Monitoring and Control Intern, National Trust
Assistant Conservator for Wales, National Trust
Environmental Control Assistant, National Trust
Senior Collections Conservator, English Heritage