Helen Lindsay

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who can help you find solutions to
your collections care challenges?


Professional experience

I am a highly experienced collections care consultant and accredited paper conservator with over 25 years’ experience in the field. My business is listed on the Conservation Register and I am an accreditation assessor for the Institute of Conservation

My first job was with the Bodleian Library, Oxford where I was fortunate to work with some of the most experienced book and paper conservators in the field. Following my 8 years in Oxford I joined the Senior Management team at London Metropolitan Archives, where I ran the conservation and reprographics studios as well as the collections care element of Keats House Museum. I have also worked for the Victoria & Albert Museum, Tate Britain and Worcester College, Oxford.

Since becoming freelance in 2005, I have had the opportunity to work with a wide range of heritage organisations (small and large, local and national) and aim to come up with high standard, pragmatic solutions applicable to the particular needs of the client.


I have published widely and conducted research in a number of fields, most notably as the original author of the self-assessment checklist ‘Benchmarks in Collections Care’ and the best practice guide for the Archives and Records Association ‘Volunteering in Collections Care’.


Collections care and conservation consultant2005 - current
London Metropolitan Archives, Senior manager2000 to 2005
MLA LONDON, Preservation audit consultant2003 to 2008
Short contracts at V&A Museum, Tate Britain, Worcester College Oxford1995 to 2000
Bodleian Library, Senior conservation assistant1992 to 2000

Professional activities:
I have contributed to a number of professional bodies including holding the office of Chair for the Institute of Conservation’s 'Book and Paper Group' for 4 years, and as a member of the Wellcome Trust 'Research Resources in Medical History Funding Committee' also for 4 years. In addition I have participated in the following groups:

  • Icon Conservation Award panel judge for Community Awards
  • Icon external assessor for Conservation Technician Qualification
  • Accreditation assessor for Icon since 2004
  • NPO's Preservation Administrators Panel
  • HLF Monitor and Expert Advisor
  • Institute of Paper Conservation, Conference panel
  • ALM London Regional Film Archive for London
  • Society of Archivists’ Conservation Certificate Board of Studies
  • ISNTO Standards for Training of Microfilm and Digitising Operators
  • UKIC Conservation, Education, Research and Training Group

MA in Paper Conservation, Camberwell College of Art (1990-92)
PGCE in Secondary Education: Art & Special Needs, Bretton School of Art (1987-88)
BA Hons: Fine Art, Chelsea School of Art, London (1980-83)

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