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A very warm thank you to our stepping down members for their hard work and dedication on the Book & Paper Group Committee: Amy Nicoll, Tiffany Eng Moore, Nicole Monjeau​, Amy Baldwin and Sarah O'Donoghue.

 

The current committee members are listed below

Click on an officer's link to view his/her profile. Complete role descriptions for committee members and Group Regulation can be downloaded at the bottom of the page

If you wish to contact any of the committee members, please email iconbpg@gmail.com with the committee member's name in the subject heading.

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Committee Member Profiles

Abigail Bainbridge, Chair Term ends April 2022


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Abigail is Associate Tutor in the Conservation of Books and Library Materials at West Dean College and Director of Bainbridge Conservation, which offers assessment and treatment of books, paper, furniture and decorative wooden objects. Abigail has an MA in Conservation Studies from West Dean College (2012) and a BFA in Printmaking and Art History with a Concentration in Book Arts from the Maryland Institute College of Art (2007). She is an accredited member of Icon, an Icon mentor, and an assessor for accreditation. She was the Treasurer of the Book & Paper Group from 2014–2019 before becoming Chair and also sits on the Heritage Science Expert Working Group (Analytical Methods Committee of the Royal Society of Chemistry).

William Bennett, Treasurer Term ends April 2022


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William works at the Smithsonian Institution Archives in Washington DC, caring for records documenting the history of the institution. Prior to receiving his MA in Conservation Studies from West Dean College (2013), he worked as a general collections technician at the Library of Congress. In his spare time, he can be found reading speculative fiction and biographies, testing out a new recipe, or daydreaming of international travel. William is thrilled to have the opportunity to serve the Book and Paper Group and help facilitate the numerous benefits the group provides to its membership.

Sarah Baily , Secretary Term ends April 2023

 

Holly Smith, Chair- Events and Training SubcommitteeTerm ends April 2021

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Holly is a practising book conservator who works part time at the National Archives in London and part time as a freelancer. She runs her own practise, Holly Smith Book Conservation, from her studio in Brighton. She has been an accredited member of Icon since 2017.

Holly has been a member of the Book and Paper Group Events and Training Subcommittee since the Adapt and Evolve Conference in 2015; she became Co-chair of the subcommittee in 2017 and took over the role of Chair in October 2018.

“What I love about working on the committee is the chance to meet and work with so many fellow conservators. It has massively increased my network and has also given me the chance to develop new skills in events management, reporting and leadership. It can be busy at times, but is always a lot of fun.”

Arantza Dobbels, Student Liaison Officer Term ends April 2021

Arantza works at The National Archives in Kew, London as a Project Conservator with the Digitisation team. She obtained an MA Conservation (paper pathway) from Camberwell College in June 2019. Previous to starting her conservation career, she obtained a BASc in Arts and Sciences, with a specialism in Medical Physics, from University College London. As Student Liaison Officer, she will be a point of contact for students and tutors. She hopes to create more connections between students from different institutions, and encourage them to have a bigger presence within the community. She’s passionate about listening to people’s suggestions and helping with any questions, so please feel free to contact her through the Icon B&PG email address!

Kiri Douglas, IT Officer Term ends April 2022

Kiri has recently completed a graduate internship in Conservation and Preservation at the Getty Research Institute, Los Angeles. Kiri earned her BA in Object Conservation from the University of Lincoln in 2017 and graduated from Camberwell College of Arts, with an MA in Conservation (Art on Paper) in 2019. Working outside of the UK has shown Kiri how conservators can benefit from the Book and Paper Group and as the IT Officer, she hopes her contribution to the group will help other conservators continue to learn and connect with each other, wherever they are based.

Victoria Haddock, Special Projects Officer, Bursaries Officer Term ends April 2021

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Since graduating from the MA Conservation on the paper pathway in 2016, Victoria has worked on a variety of short term contracts including the cleaning, scanning and rehousing of a collection of glass plate and cellulose acetate negatives at the Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Museum and a 10 week internship at the CRC at the University of Edinburgh. In January 2017 she began a 2 year project funded by the Wellcome Trust to rehouse the entire archive collection of the well known high street health and beauty retailer, Boots, at their headquarters in Nottingham.

 

Jessica Pollard, Events & Training sub-committee

 

Mito Matsumaru, Events & Training sub-committee

After studying Art History (BA) and Conservation Science (MA) at the Tokyo University of the Arts Japan, Mito Matsumaru completed an MA in Books and Library Materials at West Dean College in 2017. Following experience at the V&A and at the Wellcome Trust, she is currently working as a Book Conservator at Cambridge Colleges' Conservation Consortium.


Gloria Conti, Social Media Officer Term ends April 2022

Gloria has been a Book & Archive Conservator at National Records of Scotland since 2008. She graduated from the European School for Conservator-Restorers in Spoleto, Italy, in 2005 and started her career in various contracts in Italy until she moved to the UK. She has a degree in History and Preservation of cultural heritage from the University of Florence and became Icon accredited in 2017. Gloria has an interest in communication and professional development, and as a Social Media Officer she hopes to serve the conservation community and help expand its boundaries.

Leah Humenuck, Sub EditorTerm ends April 2021

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Leah is currently a PG/MA student in the Conservation of Books and Library Materials at West Dean College of Arts and Conservation. She has a passion for science and enjoys looking at book props in cinema and television.

Kirsten Norwood, Development Officer

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Kirstin trained as a book conservator at West Dean College before going onto to join the Parliamentary Archives as part of the team tasked with preparing the archive for a large-scale move. Most recently, she has moved into the main collection care team in the Parliamentary Archives as a collection care assistant with a focus on books. Her interests include book history, in particular incunabula printed during the earliest period of typography, and championing inclusivity and diversity within conservation. 

 

Rachel Sawicki , Events & Training sub-committee

 

 

Co-opted members:

Amelia Rampton, Clare Hampson Fund Liaison

Amelia Rampton was elected as the Book and Paper Group Liaison member in 2012. In 2013 she was co-opted as the Cooperative Training Register Interim Chair and was part of the committee for the ‘Adapt and Evolve’ international conference in 2015.  In 2015 she became the liaison member for the Clare Hampson Fund which supports the annual Clare Hampson Memorial Lecture as well as high quality affordable training for paper conservators.  Amelia is also the translator for the Journal’s abstracts of the Institute of Conservation (English into Spanish). Amelia is an accredited paper conservator running her own practice in London.