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PACR Pathway Event

PACR Pathway Event 2019

The 7th annual PACR Pathway Event is taking place in London on 18th October and is specifically designed to support members of the PACR Pathway in their continuing professional development. 

Building upon the success of the previous six events, the programme has been developed into a full day conference to learn from the experiences of recently Accredited members of Icon, develop and understanding of Icon's emerging ethical guidance as well as hear from speakers discussing the management of complex conservation projects. 


Speaker biographies



Session 1: Sharing the experiences of recently Accredited Members

Preservation Volunteer Programme at the Bodleian 
Alex Walker ACR
The PACR application can appear daunting for preventive conservators, as the standards and ethics frameworks appear to fit more closely with treatment conservation projects. The development of a Preservation Volunteer Programme was a project which fulfilled many of the standards, and there was plenty of evidence to share on the assessment day, including objects from the collections, which I couldn’t incorporate into my other projects. I will describe this project, the challenges it presented, and how it successfully fulfilled most of the criteria for assessment.

Drawing out the professional standards in complex multi-stakeholder projects
Emma Coburn ACR
Emma will share one specific project from my accreditation application which showcases planning, conservation activities and public engagement. She will  explain how one project can have breadth to cover multiple professional standards and how the presentation of the project in the application and the supporting documentation can provide specific, detailed examples to the depth required. 

Assessment of collections at the Garden Design Museum
Jillian Harrold ACR
The project that will be described is the preparation of the paper objects for the redesigned Garden Design Museum that opened in Lambeth in London in 2017. As the paper conservator on the project my involvement began with assessing the objects and understanding the requirements of the client and extended to carrying out the necessary treatments and managing the completion of the work on time. The project was included in the Accreditation assessment in November 2018 and it will be discussed within the context of how it addressed the professional standards

Session 2: Developing ethical guidance for the conservation profession.  

Developing ethical guidance  
Lorraine Finch ACR
Ethics in conservation may sound like a deadly dull topic, but we all know more about it than we realise, we all have an opinion and it can lead to some very spirited discussions. There are many organisations in the global conservation community who provide ethical guidance. During this practical and interactive session you will have the opportunity to familiarise yourself with these as well as the Icon Professional Standards and Judgement and Ethics. We will look at the current work of the Icon Ethics Task and Finish Group, and you will be given a sneak preview of their Ethical Guidance plus the chance to have an impact on it.

Session 3: Managing and drawing out complexity in conservation

The Barbara Hepworth Museum and Sculpture Garden 
​Deborah Cane ACR 
Deborah will provide an insight into the maintenance of the sculptures, workshops and summerhouse. This presentation will highlight the requirements of the artworks and studio elements alongside the annual maintenance work of the sculpture conservation team at Tate. It will highlight the need for communication across teams and the collaboration with external contractors to reach the desired aims within the allotted timeframe. This in itself will outline a example of a project that could be put forward for accreditation.

Managing historic sites in Antarctica 
Sophie Rowe ACR 
Sophie will talk about the work of the United Kingdom Antarctic Heritage Trust, which manages 6 historic properties in the British Antarctic Territories dating from the 1940’s through to the 1980’s. These sites are 9000 miles away in the most hostile region on the planet, and present many practical as well as ethical challenges for conservation. Some of the properties are wholly unsupervised and rarely visited, while one is the most visited site in Antarctica with 18000 visitors a year. This presentation will highlight how the Icon Professional Standards and the Arts Council Museum Accreditation standard are being used to guide the transition of all these properties from “old facilities” to ethically managed “historic sites”, despite their very different needs. This presentation will highlight the requirements of the artworks and studio elements alongside the annual maintenance work of the sculpture conservation team at Tate. It will highlight the need for communication across teams and the collaboration with external contractors to reach the desired aims within the allotted timeframe. This in itself will outline a example of a project that could be put forward for accreditation.

The complexities of managing filming activities in fragile historic interiors
Helen Smith ACR
Helen will discuss how she works with both historic house teams and the film industry to enable safe filming practices in fragile heritage locations. With over twenty years’ experience, Helen has worked with large institutions through to private owners and with almost every type of film crew from student documentary makers to blockbuster film crews. She will talk about some of the complex decision processes and specific skillsets required for successful film shoots in locations where the ‘set’ itself is the most valuable asset. Helen used two examples of her filming work in her PACR application and will touch on how her individual contribution to these and other projects meets various aspects of the professional standards.

Session 4: Quick fire presentations 

Composite in conflict? The challenges of conserving composite archaeological objects. 
Charlotte Wilkinson
As an Archaeological Conservator I am often presented with the challenge of conserving composite objects where the different materials require contrasting treatments. This raises a number of issues and compromises often have to be made. 

Rogue Plants: Challenges of repair and access when working with Exsiccata
Aimée Crickmore
Drawing from recent experience at the Royal Botanic Gardens Kew, we will discuss some of the challenges posed by botanical material within the context of an archival collection; including approaches to researching obscure topics, classification, health and safety, changes to format, indicators of preparation techniques, and methods of repair.

The Microfading Games: The integration of microfading into loans decision making
Emilie Cloos
The presentation will give a brief outline of why and how we use Microfadometry at The National Archives, with the case study of an original artwork by British artist Abram Games currently on loan. It will also raise questions around subjective and objective data interpretation and the human bias in scientific analysis.

  • Rachel Davis, BBC Archives


Do you want to do a PechaKucha? 20 slides for 20 seconds each (which are timed to keep you on track!). You can discuss anything you want to, be it a recent project you've worked on, engaging the local community or even a reflection on something you have done to support your professional development. It's a great opportunity to promote your work and share your experiences with other members.  If you're interested in taking part please indicate when you book, there will also be an opportunity to put yourself forward later too. 

Speaker biographies

Deborah Cane ACR, Conservation Manager - Sculpture and Installation Art, Tate
deborah_cane.jpgDeborah has 29 years of conservation experience within National Museums Scotland, National Museums Liverpool, Birmingham Museums Trust and now at Tate. She has extensive experience across collections and material types, with a keen interest in modern materials and their use and constructs with contemporary art alongside the traditional. She currently leads the Sculpture and Installations Conservation team and is responsible for the strategic direction, development and delivery of all aspects relating to sculpture conservation at Tate. This requires working across a wide range of projects and programmes: exhibitions and displays (across Tate Modern, Tate Britain, Tate Liverpool and Tate St Ives, acquisition, loan-outs and collection care initiatives. Her current focus is on the Hepworth Museum & Garden and managing hazardous materials within collections

Emilie Cloos
emilie_cloos_1.jpgEmilie has an art history background and studied Paper Conservation at Camberwell College of Arts, graduating in 2014. She has been working at The National Archives UK for the past 5 years and specialises in loans and exhibitions.


Emma Cobrurn ACR, Conservation Manager, Watts Gallery - Artists' Village
emma_coburn_0.jpgGraduating for UCL, with a Masters in Principles of Conservation, I started my career as a Preventive Conservator at Historic Royal Palaces (HRP). Following promotion to Preventive Conservation Co-ordinator, I moved to the Imperial War Museum (IWM) in the role of Collections Care Project Manager. I then developed my own collections care consultancy role, working for HRP, IWM and the Houses of Parliament in a freelance capacity. In 2016, I became the Head of Care and Conservation at IWM. The following three years prepared me to apply for ICON accreditation specialising in conservation management. I achieved accreditation in 2019. I am now the first Collections Manager at Watts Gallery - Artists' Village, Compton, Surrey where I look forward to using my experience to great effect. 

Aimée Crickmore
ks_aimee_crickmore_2019_01.jpg​Aimée graduated from the Masters in Books and Archival Materials in 2017, having previously gained a diploma from the University of Lincoln in Conservation Studies. She has worked independently as a bookbinder and craft specialist, is a member of both Icon and the Society of Bookbinders, and enjoys sharing her knowledge through blogs, articles and talks about conservation. She has worked on a project basis for a variety of institutions, including Berkshire Records Office, The Leather Conservation Centre and Royal Botanic Gardens Kew.

Rachel Davis, Archives Conservator, BBC Archives
20171015_204817.jpg​After 18 years as Bookbinder for the BBC Music Library, Rachel retrained in Preventive Conservation. Graduating from Northumbria University with a Masters in 2016 and quickly moving to the newly created post of Conservator within the BBC Archives. Preventive Conservation had never previously been considered in the Archives and an entire Collection Care programme needed to be designed and implemented. The BBC Archive Collections have some unique pieces. A working Dalek, a Microphone used by Winston Churchill and interesting items created as props. All of which provide a welcome change to Environmental and Pest Management.

Lorraine Finch ACR, Director, LF Conservation and Preservation
lf.jpgLorraine is an accredited conservator working with archives and specialising in the conservation and preservation of film, sound and photography. She runs her own business LF Conservation and Preservation, and thoroughly enjoys being freelance. Lorraine is active in the conservation community including as Chair of the Icon Ethics Task and Finish Group. She loves spreading the word of conservation on social media, via podcasts and in the press. Lorraine is passionate about inspiring others become conservators, to help people care for their family collections and increasing diversity in cultural heritage. She also works as a film extra. Can you spot her in ‘Fantastic beasts and Where to Find Them’?

Jillian Harrold ACR, Paper Conservator, Plowden & Smith
​After completing a PhD in the History of Art, Jillian Harrold studied paper conservation at Camberwell College of the Arts graduating with an MA in 2010. Since graduating she has been working as a freelance paper conservator in London. She has worked in both the private and public sectors, for a variety of clients including UCL Special Collections, UCL Art Museum, Imperial War Museum and Noga Conservation. Since 2013 she has also been working as a paper conservator for Plowden and Smith Ltd.

Sarah Peek ACR, Director, Sarah Peek Conservation 
sarah.jpgSarah  began her career as an Art teacher working with primary age children before moving back to the UK to undertake her Postgraduate Diploma in Ceramic Conservation and Related Materials at West Dean. Shortly after completing her training, Sarah established her own practice, Sarah Peek Conservation in 1996, which has gown and developed enormously over the last 20 years. Sarah became Chair of the Icon Accreditation Committee in 2019, having previously been the representative for Ceramics and related materials, and Vice Chair of the Committee.

Sophie Rowe ACR, Collections Care Conservator, University of Cambridge Musuems 
sophie_rowe.jpg​Sophie Rowe ACR specialises in organic artefacts conservation and collections care. She has worked in all kinds of contexts, from national museums in the UK and Denmark, private practice and university museums, right through to historic huts in Antarctica. She currently works half time co-ordinating conservation and collections care activities across the consortium of eight University of Cambridge museums, with a strong focus on emergency planning. In the other half of her time she is helping to develop a conservation programme for artefacts from historic huts in the British Antarctic Territories.

Helen Smith ACR, Preventive Conservator
headshot_helen.jpg​Helen (L) Smith ACR is a preventive conservator with special interests in IPM, lighting and filming in historic buildings. Alongside her role since 2011 as one of Tate’s preventive conservators, Helen also runs a small freelance business supporting the activities and processes involved in allowing film crews to work in sensitive heritage locations. In this capacity her role is ultimately to enable the artistic intent of the camera crew without any damage being caused along the way. Helen celebrated achieving her ACR status in February this year and is currently on sabbatical from her Tate role, whilst maintaining her freelance business.

Alex Walker ACR, Acting Head of Preventive Conservation, Bodleian Libraries
alex.jpg​Alex Walker has been a preventive conservator at the Bodleian Libraries for 6 years. She now manages the preventive conservation team, covering a large remit of collection care and monitoring activities. Alex has a MA in Preventive Conservation from Northumbria University, and a PgDip in Paper Conservation from Camberwell College of Art. She was awarded her professional accreditation by Icon in February 2019.

Charlotte Wilkinson
charlotte_wilkinson.jpg​​After completing a Masters in the Conservation of Archaeological and Museum Objects at Durham University, I started working as an Archaeological Conservator at the York Archaeological Trust in 2015. Over the last four years I have been lucky enough to work on a number of interesting projects both locally and further afield, which have allowed me to pursue my interest in the conservation of organic objects and the process of freeze-drying. I am currently working towards my Icon accreditation which I hope to undertake in 2020.


The PACR Pathway Event is taking place at the Institute of Historical Research in the heart of Bloomsbury.

Institute of Historical Research
School of Advanced Study,
Senate House,
Malet Street,


Tickets are on sale for £20. This includes lunch and refreshments.