Graeme Gardiner ACR
I studied Paper Conservation for four years at Camberwell College during the 1980’s, when it was a well respected Diploma and Higher Diploma. In 1990 I set up my first studio in the premises of The Royal Asiatic Society in London, where I spent six years conserving their works of art on paper, archives, rare books and manuscript collections - an experience that provided me with insight into the particular problems associated with large and diverse private collections. As other academic institutions and learned societies heard of my work, they began to approach me with their own projects, and so it was that I founded Preservation Solutions in order to promote the benefits of an holistic approach to conservation and preservation.
Three decades on, and the majority of my studio work still focuses on supporting small and medium size private and institutional collections of books, archives and art of paper. My purpose-built studio is designed for three conservators and contains over 100 square feet of bench space, including a large dedicated wet area. The studio also contains facilities for picture mounting and we have a close working relationship with an expert picture framer. Whilst we conserve and restore books and manuscripts in the studio, all binding work is undertaken in another local workshop by a binder with over 50 years experience.
Btec Diploma in paper conservation and book restoration
Btec Higher Diploma in paper conservation