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  • Chair
  • Secretary
  • Vice Chair
  • Treasurer
  • Communications Officer
  • Events Coordinator
  • General Committee Member
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Louisa Coles

Louisa Coles


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Louisa spent a number of years as a researcher in the field of library and information science. In 2004 she saw an opportunity to pursue her long term interest in the field of conservation and worked as conservation assistant for a one year project at Lothian Health Services Archive in Edinburgh. Soon after this she embarked on the MA course at Northumbria University, graduating in 2008 with an MA in the Conservation of Fine Art on Paper.

Louisa has since held a number of positions, each providing valuable opportunities to build on her experience and interest in photographic materials. She has worked at the National Archives in Dublin, Glasgow School of Art, Trinity College Dublin, and is now paper conservator at the University of Aberdeen; home to another collection rich in photographic material.

Louisa has been an Icon Photographic Materials Group Committee member since 2011 and was voted in as Chair of the Committee in May 2014.


 Lorraine Finch photo

Lorraine Finch


Lorraine has been involved in photographic conservation and preservation since the late 1990's. She has attended courses and training across the UK and Europe and in 2006 was awarded a Winston Churchill Memorial Travelling Fellowship to visit the USA for one month to study photographic conservation and preservation.
Lorraine has been involved in a number of photographic conservation and preservation projects including, in 2011, preparing the photograph, film and sound archives at UCL for transfer to their new premises. Lorraine has also recently worked with two photographic archives to help them develop bids for HLF funding, and lectures in photographic conservation throughout the UK. Lorraine has served in a variety of committees over the years including the Icon Book and Paper Group where she was Secretary and the ARA Film, Sound and Photography Group where she was Chair.

Lorraine was voted into the position of Secretary at the Icon Photographic Materials Group Committee in May 2014.



Dominic Wall


Dominic is Conservator at Suffolk Record Office and Treasurer of ICON Photographic Materials Group.


Zoe Kennington

Zoe Kennington

Events Coordinator

Zoe Kennington graduated in 2006 from Northumbria University with an MA in Preventive Conservation and then went on to be an HLF/ICON intern at Lancashire Archives. On completion she moved to the British Steel Project at Middlesbrough as Conservator before relocating to Yorkshire and accepting a post at The National Media Museum, Bradford. In 2012 she moved back to Lancashire Archives as a Conservator.

Zoe has been an Icon Photographic Materials Group Committee member since 2011.



Sarah Allen

General Committee Member

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Sarah Allen works as Photographic Materials Conservator for the English Heritage Archive. She graduated with an MA in the Conservation of Historic Objects from Lincoln University in 2006. Since then she has worked for the Royal Albert Memorial Museum, the National Trust and English Heritage, specialising in the conservation of photographic materials. Sarah received the ICON Collections Care Award for her work raising the profile of photographic conservation in the South West in 2010. She has been an Icon Photographic Materials Group committee member since 2011, first in the role of Secretary/Vice Chair, and from 2013 - 2014 as Acting Chair.

Sarah took a break from committee work while on maternity leave, but returned in February 2015.


Rosalind Bos photo

Rosalind Bos

General Committee Member

Rosalind graduated in 2007 with a Masters in Conservation from Camberwell, University of the Arts. She has increased her knowledge of conservation, especially photographic conservation, by holding many positions in different institutions such as the P&O Archives, the Royal Horticultural Society, the Imperial War Museum and the Ashmolean Museum.

She has just completed a two and a half year project with English Heritage leading a team of conservation assistants in conserving 95,000 negatives of a collection of aerial photography dating from 1919 to 1953. She is looking forward to helping, via the ICON Photographic Group, anyone interested in following best practice in the field of photographic conservation.

Rosalind was voted onto the Icon Photographic Materials Group Committee in May 2014.


Caroline Dempsey

General Committee Member



Anthea Henton

General Committee Member


Elspeth Jordan Photo

Elspeth Jordan

Communications Officer

Elspeth is the Assistant Photography Conservator at the National Museum Wales. She graduated from the Collections Conservation and Management Program at Fleming College in 2010. During her time there she volunteered with the Peterborough Museum & Archive. She then worked with the natural history and photography collections at the Canadian Museum of Nature. She left Canada to become the Mount Cutter in the Art department at the National Museum of Wales. Elspeth speaks French and is learning Welsh. She has also just begun on the PACR Pathway. She is keen to share her enthusiasm for photographs with other and promote the rich photographic history of Wales.

Elspeth was voted onto the Icon Photographic Materials Group Committee in May 2014.


Jacqueline Moon

Jacqueline Moon

Vice Chair

Jacqueline is Conservator of Photographic Materials at The National Archives, and in this role she advises on the preservation of more than eight million photographs. She is currently studying for a Master of Research degree in Heritage Science at University College London. The focus of her research is the deterioration of photographic materials and to develop a metric for how quantifying deterioration can underpin preservation decision making.  There are no specialist University courses on the conservation of photographic material currently on offer in the UK, so Jacqueline is particularly interested in disseminating the findings of both national and international research. Jacqueline also does a quarterly blog post for The National Archives

In addition to an MA in Conservation of Works of Art on Paper from the University of Northumbria, Jacqueline studied Fine Art Printmaking at Glasgow School of Art, and is a practising artist. She has exhibited at solo exhibitions, worked as an artist in residence and received bursaries to make artists' books. She has a keen interest in materials and how things are made. She is jointly responsible for a small local printmaking studio in Kew where she occasionally teaches etching.

Jacqueline was voted onto the Icon Photographic Materials Group Committee in May 2014.


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