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Paper Conservation Package

Paper Conservation Package

Camberwell College of Arts
Taught by
Craig Horsfall


Follow our suggested route of study and be guided through a variety of specialist conservation techniques – gaining the practical skills and knowledge to apply this to your own personal artefacts, or to develop skills to progress a career in this industry. You’ll save 10% on standard course fees by booking our Paper Conservation Package.

Package includes:

Paper Conservation – An Introduction
22 July 2019  |  10am – 4.00pm  |  Monday
You will be introduced to the key factors contributing to the deterioration of paper-based cultural artefacts such as prints, drawings and watercolours. The course will combine lectures, discussions and practical exercises. Please bring in a paper artefact of your own for examination and discussion.

Paper Characteristics
23 - 24 July 2019  |  10am – 4.00pm  |  Tuesday and Wednesday
You will gain a fascinating insight into paper-making. The course will guide you in understanding the properties of different types of paper and how to select and customise papers for specific tasks.

Mounting and Framing Works of Art on Paper
25 July 2019  |  10am – 4.00pm  |  Thursday
You will cover the basic techniques of fitting an artwork into a frame following conservation principles; selecting acid-free materials, safely securing the artwork, and adding protective isolating layers. The course will combine lectures, discussions and practical exercises.

Course Outcomes
You will have gained an insight into the subject of paper characteristics and conservation - understanding the ways in which works of art and archival documents on paper can become damaged as well as learning about some techniques for dealing with certain types of damage. You will acquire an awareness of preventive conservation processes and techniques. You will have gained an insight into conservation framing practices - understanding the ways in which framing can be used to help protect artworks on paper from agents of deterioration.

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.


After completing this course, you may wish to progress on our Photography Conservation Package

If you require accommodation in London for the duration of your course, Gardens House is a brand new development exclusive for UAL students less than a minute’s walk from Camberwell College of Arts.

For more information, contact our accommodation team: 
+44 (0)20 7514 6240 

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:

  • A note pad and pen

  • Example artworks or documents (optional for Paper Conservation - An Introduction)

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