Ann-Marie Miller ACR
I offer comprehensive conservation services for the conservation of library and archive material including manuscripts, printed books, ephemera, maps, plans, correspondence, parchment documents and their storage. This ranges from expert practical conservation treatments on individual items and their documentation, to advice on collection care provision, such as surveying, assessments, condition reports and handling for whole collections. Practical work may be required to enable loan agreements for exhibitions, or digitisation, and I have helped to establish and support several such programmes. Over the past 20 years I have worked on a variety of material from culturally diverse sources, including Jewish, Armenian, Islamic, Sikh and Japanese bindings; from the medieval period to the present day. Should you need support from an accredited professional for funding applications, I can provide guidance and reports as well as the necessary practical work.
"Our first mortgage ledger – one of the jewels of our collections – was showing its age. Its binding was coming apart and some of the page edges were damaged and ripped. At some point, somebody had helpfully tried to mend it with some masking tape. I was becoming fearful about using it. However, it’s regarded as one of the touchstones of the organisation – one of our TV adverts was even based on it – and I often need to use it for research. It was in desperate need of some professional attention. Ann-Marie was recommended to me by a fellow business archive that had successfully used her services in the past. We quickly established what needed to be done and without further ado, the ledger was couriered to Ann-Marie. We asked her to remove the terrible masking tape repairs, mend any damaged pages and rebind the entire ledger. We also asked her to produce a custom-made box for the ledger. We were thrilled with the results. The masking tape has gone without a trace. The page repairs are unobtrusive but effective. The binding is now robust. The box is tough and handsome. The ledger is fit to face another 150 years."
Sara KinseyHead of Historical Archives, Nationwide Building Society
RHS Lindley Libraries have worked with Codex conservation for over four years, including work to conserve and rehouse our unique 19th-century plant collector papers. Ann-Marie’s work is of the highest standard, in particular the fascicule system she has devised to protect vulnerable letters.
Sarah McDonaldHeritage Collections Manager, Royal Horticultural Society, Lindley Libraries
Ann-Marie's work for us has always been stellar. In particular her work on conserving a number of 1920s-30s transport posters was exemplary, with the dirty and damaged paper coming back in better condition than we expected. Her understanding of materials and techniques is impressive and she is rightly confident in her abilities. Ann-Marie takes the time to fully explain conservation issues, treatment options and potential outcomes, making her wonderful to work with.
Lesley RuthvenSpecial Collections & Archives , Goldsmiths, University of London
2009 NVQ Level 3 Learning and Development British Library 2007 ACR Professional Accreditation Institute of Conservation (ICON) 2002 MA Conservation Camberwell College of Arts 2001 Post-graduate Diploma Conservation Camberwell College of Arts 2003 5 Certificates in Book Binding London College of Printing 2000 Chemical Science for Museum Conservators Hammersmith West London College 1999 BA History of Art 1st class honours Courtauld Institute of Art