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Sharon Oldale Conservation is an independent studio offering a range of specialist conservation, restoration and preservation services. Proprietor Sharon Oldale ACR is a highly experienced library and archive conservator specialising in the conservation and restoration of books, paper objects and archival items. Projects range from individual objects to large collections; from a little tender loving care to full conservation.

Any work undertaken follows a diagnostic examination of an object or collection requiring conservation. The client’s needs and the intended future use of the item/s are discussed and a detailed report is provided outlining the pre-treatment condition, treatment options, materials and costs. This service is offered free of charge and without obligation. Once a treatment path has been agreed, collection is arranged and work begins. Full consultation is offered throughout a project to final reporting and advice on aftercare. A collection and delivery service is available upon request.

Work is carried out in fully insured secure premises, and all treatments are in accordance with:
• ICON Professional Standards
• ICON Code of Conduct
• BS4971:2002 Repair and allied processes for the conservation of documents
• PD5454:2012 Guide for the storage and exhibition of archival materials

Sharon is also insured to work off site, so if your project demands that she brings the conservation to you, she is happy to do so.

Sharon offers advice and assistance for all areas of collection care including:
• The safe handling of objects
• Preservation packaging, boxing and protection; including the use and sourcing of suitable storage materials
• The cleaning of collections
• Establishing a good housekeeping programme
• Environmental control and monitoring
• Pest control and monitoring
• Condition assessment surveys
• The development and implementation of conservation plans
• Writing policy to manage the care and preservation of collections

Sharon can provide detailed condition assessments for items leaving an institution for loan. She offers advice and assistance regarding the care of objects in transit; including appropriate packaging and handling. She can also advise on the correct support and display of items and assist in their installation.

Sharon offers a range of emergency response services: On-site emergency planning training includes writing a disaster plan, disaster prevention, emergency response, salvage procedures and disaster recovery. Should a client require professional services in the event of a disaster, Sharon is willing to work on site, assisting with leading or coordinating salvage teams, participating in the salvage of collections and providing general conservation support.

Sharon offers an on-site project management service. This service includes the planning, organisation and management of resources and staff to a budget and timescale set by the client. Previous projects include:
• The packaging of a major UK archive’s collections in preparation for a move
• Designing and equipping a new conservation facility within a new build

Sharon provides training sessions, seminars and lectures on a variety of conservation and preservation related topics. She has experience of speaking to a range of audiences from school children and students to local history groups and women’s societies to professional staff and fellow conservators.

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