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Paper Conservation - An Introduction

Paper Conservation - An Introduction

Camberwell College of Arts
Taught by
Craig Horsfall


Join us on this 1 day Paper Conservation course and be introduced to the key factors contributing to the deterioration of paper-based cultural artefacts such as prints, drawings and watercolours.

You will begin to understand the ways in which works of art and archival documents on paper can become damaged with time, over exposure to light, humidity and other elements, as well as learning about some conservation techniques for dealing with certain types of damage.

The course will combine lectures, discussions and practical exercises. Please bring in a paper artefact of your own for examination and discussion.

Topics Covered
  • Causes of paper damage over time
  • Definitions of conservation practice
  • Basic tear repairs
  • Basic surface cleaning
Course Outcomes
You will have gained an insight into the subject of paper conservation. You will acquire an awareness of preventive conservation processes and techniques that in the context of handling works on paper will help to prevent damage. 

Who Should Attend
Anyone with an interest in the conservation of works of art on paper, including owners of artworks, artists, and anyone interested in practical conservation work. The course could serve as a short taster ahead of further training, or for anyone who wants to know more about the subject ahead of commissioning conservation work.


Tutor Description

Craig Horsfall currently works with the MA Conservation course at Camberwell School of Art. He has several years’ experience as a paper conservator, and holds accredited status with the Institute of Conservation (ICON). While working with the framing company John Jones he regularly worked with artists and galleries to retouch printing flaws on new works going to collectors or exhibition.


Please Bring the following items with you on the first day:

  • A note pad and pen

  • Example artworks or documents (optional)

Please note that most materials needed for the short courses are available at the Camberwell College of Arts' Art Shop. Please contact the Art Shop directly for opening hours and availability.

Available dates