Bodmin Museum training day

photo courtesy of Matt Wreford

Liz Ralph is a book and paper conservator and book binder working in London and Dorset. She graduated with a first class Masters degree in Library and Archive Conservation from Camberwell College of Arts in 2012.

Liz is available for freelance work. Recent and ongoing clients include; The College of Arms, Stalbridge Town Archive, Deans Court, Middle Temple Library, The Sussex Conservation Consortium and The Park Gallery, as well as private clients and dealers in bindings, prints, drawings and ephemera.

She is happy to offer consultations for both practical and preservation projects. Please do not hesitate to contact her using the section above.

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After graduating she completed a prestigious 21 month, Heritage Lottery funded traineeship at PZ Conservation C.I.C. run by accredited conservator Lizzie Neville. Here she gained experience in completing highly-skilled practical conservation treatments to a wide range of materials and objects. Other areas of expertise acquired during the traineeship included outreach and advocacy, where training days were researched and compiled and then delivered to members of the local community. Liz also gained experience in large and small scale condition surveys of collections, on-site proposing and estimating of conservation projects, and all aspects of preservation and collection care including box-making, environmental and pest monitoring and risk assessments.

Since finishing her traineeship, Liz has set up her own freelance business where she works for clients both in the South-West and London. She is a senior conservator to her regular client, The College of Arms, where she undertakes complex practical treatments to manuscripts dating from the 14th century, to bindings of the present day. Her work at the College also involves aspects of Collection Care, including environmental monitoring, condition surveying, managing volunteers, devising a collection-wide cleaning program and developing research links with other institutions.

Liz is a member of the International Association of Book and Paper Conservators, the Archives and Records Association and the Society of Bookbinders as well as the Institute of Conservation (Icon) where she sits on their Book and Paper Group Committee. She is working toward accreditation with Icon’s PACR scheme.