Section for Preservation and Conservation







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Welcome to the Section for Preservation and Conservation

The group's aims are:

To promote information exchange and contact between members with an interest in preservation and conservation.

To participate in the development and delivery of training in the field and to provide support to members with training events.

  • To encourage research within the practice of archive conservation, the nature of archival materials and the causes of their deterioration.
  • To monitor developments in the field and to co-operate with other organisations with similar aims.




 In the following pages you will find details of:

 Virtual Training Programme 2020 (organised by Annie Starkey and Fay Humphreys)

ARA’s Section for Preservation and Conservation are pleased to announce their first online series of talks on the subject of parchment and stationery bindings which has been enthusiastically received by conservators worldwide.

The first talk was by Ann-Marie Miller of Codex Conservation who kicked us off with her presentation Make, Mend & Do…The Conservation of 4 Eighteenth-Century Parchment Stationery Bindings

The next speaker of this series was Victoria Stevens ACR of Library and Archive Conservation and Preservation Ltd. Presenting Dispatches from Fleet Street: Conserving the Perkins Bacon Delivery Books.

The final speaker in this series was Katherine Beaty of Harvard Library's Weissman Preservation Center. She talked to us about Tacketed Stationery Bindings of the Harvard Business School Medici Collection and their Conservation.

Our final event will conclude with a Q&A session with our hosts on 4th September 2020.

Check here for regular conservation news, features and updates.  If you know of something that would benefit our conservation community we would like to hear from you.  Please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.       

Latest News..........  

  • Look out for new  Preservation and Conservation Training events to be posted shortly.  Annie Starkey and Fay Humphreys, our very enthusiastic Training Officers who are ready to hear your suggestions on future training themes.  Please email Annie and Fay at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
  •  Our Archives Certificate Training Scheme is going from strength to strength under the excellent guidance of Gil Fewings, the scheme's registrar.  If you would like to know more about the scheme or chat to Gil about the possiblity of training as an instructor please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  

Would you like to find out more or join this Section?

If you have a general enquiry or would like to join this Section then please contact us.

Please get involved!

If you wish to engage with us or find others working in Archives, Conservation or Record Managers working in your Section or Region take a look at our ARA Community area, build your profile and start discussing!