Our Committee

We are a busy committee that works on an ongoing programme of classes & lectures, grants, conferences and conference publications, and other projects as they arise

New Committee Role Openings!

We have some great opportunities to join the committee, make connections with fellow conservators and develop skills and experience. We are a friendly bunch of people working on a host of interesting projects and we would love your input!

We meet quarterly, almost always online now, usually with a video call from around 7 PM (GMT London). All meetings are currently online due to the Coronavirus pandemic. When we are able to meet again in person (at least at the AGM), travel expenses will be reimbursed within the UK. We are more than happy to welcome anyone from outside the UK who can be available online in the UK evening for meetings! All of the roles currently advertised can easily be done remotely. We’re also more than happy to have students on the committee. Terms are two years and can be extended once, or you can move into another role. It is a requirement that you are either a primary or secondary BPG member for you to be able to take on a committee role.

Roles currently open:

Events and Training Subcommittee Chair, plans and oversees a programme of training opportunities and events for its members. If you are interested in the role or have any questions please email us. You can find a more detailed description of all the committee roles here.

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

Abigail Bainbridge ACR

Abigail Bainbridge ACR

Chair (Term ends April 2022), Icon Book and Paper Group

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).

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William Bennett

William Bennett

Treasurer (Term ends April 2022), icon Book and Paper Group

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.

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Arantza Dobbels

Arantza Dobbels

Special Project Office (Term ends April 2023), Icon Book and Paper Group

Arantza works at The National Archives in Kew, London as a Project Conservator with the Digitisation team.

She obtained an MA Conservation (Works of Art on Paper) 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. Arantza was the Student Liaison Officer from 2019 - 2021, and is now staying in the committee as a Special Projects Officer. She is currently helping with preparations and planning for our ModCons conference, and is usually around to lend a hand in the committee when needed.

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Zoe Voice

Zoe Voice

Student Liaison Officer (Term ends April 2023), Icon Book and Paper Group

Zoe is currently undertaking an MA in Conservation of Fine Art on Paper at Northumbria University, Newcastle, having graduated from St Andrews in 2020 with a History of Art MA (hons).

While at St Andrews, Zoe focused on Medieval and Early Modern material culture, while volunteering with the university’s Special Collections. As student liaison officer, Zoe’s key goal is to create an inter-institutional community of book and paper students, using the BPG group as a platform for social engagement and professional development. If you have any suggestions for events or have questions about this role, please don’t hesitate to get in touch!

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Kiri Douglas

Kiri Douglas

IT Officer (Term ends April 2022), Icon Book and Paper Group

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.

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Victoria Haddock

Victoria Haddock

Special Projects Officer and Bursaries Officer (Term ends April 2023), Icon Book and Paper Group

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.

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Lauren Moon-Schott

Secretary (Term ends April 2023), Icon Book & Paper Group

Lauren Moon-Schott is a rare book conservator with a certificate in bookbinding from North Bennet Street School (2012) and an MA in conservation of books and library materials from West Dean College (2021).

She works in the Boston Public Library’s Special Collections Department (2014-current) and uses her experience in conserving publicly available rare materials as the foundation for her research in people-centric conservation decision making.

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Mito Matsumaru

Special Project Officer (Term ends April 2023), Icon Book and Paper Group

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.

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Gloria Conti ACR

Gloria Conti ACR

Social Media Officer (Term ends April 2022), Icon Book and Paper Group

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.

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Leah Humenuck

Leah Humenuck

Sub Editor (Term ends April 2022), Icon Book and Paper Group

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.

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Kirstin Norwood

Kirstin Norwood

Development Officer (Term ends April 2022), Icon Book and Paper Group

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.

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Jessica Pollard

Special Project Officer (Term ends April 2023), Icon Book and Paper Group

Jessica has been a Digitisation Conservator at the British Library since 2016. After completing a BA(Hons) in the Conservation of Historic Objects from the University of Lincoln she worked as a freelance conservator in the Netherlands before earning an MA in Conservation (Art on Paper) in 2014.

As well as volunteering on the Book and Paper Events & Training Sub-Committee Jessica is a trustee of the Zibby Garnett Travel Fellowship, a charity that gives grants to UK students wishing to gain practical conservation experience abroad.

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Pamela Murray

Pamela Murray

Conference Chair, Icon Book & Paper Group

Pamela Murray has been working at Bath Record Office as a Wellcome Trust funded conservator rehousing and treating collections in relation to the waterworks and housing history in Bath.

She obtained an MSc in Conservation in Practice from Cardiff University. Prior to her move to the UK, Pam worked across China with generational shadow puppeteers and modern galleries. She completed an BA (hons) in Johannesburg, South Africa. Pam is currently supporting and creating the IconBPG21 Conference that will be held on 4 – 7 October. Anything Conference related – she’s the woman to talk to!

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