Our conservator may not spend as much time at her bench as she once did: however, she is still active in conservation and making sure that the archives we hold are well looked after for years to come. One of the ways in which she does this is to be involved in educating the conservators of the future.
Pamela at work in the Conservation Workshop
The main way to become an archive conservator is to train via the Archives and Records Association's Conservation Training Scheme, which offers training at instructing offices throughout the country to trainees employed in record offices and other institutions. Our conservator is a long standing member of the committee that administers the scheme on behalf of the Association and helps to set and mark the written part of the course assessment. In addition, this year she has assisted two students on the MA Conservation course at Camberwell College of Art who were working on different types of binding and who contacted Pamela knowing that she had recently given lectures on the development of stationery bindings for both the Archives and Records Association and the Society of Bookbinders. Closer to home Pamela has been giving a series of lunchtime talks on conservation as part of the Paths to Crime project. The last in this series is on parchment and seals and will be given on the 11th November from 1.00 to 1.45 pm at the Archives Service. Anyone can attend: admission is free.