Name: Clair Walton

Business: Clair Walton Conservation Ltd

Service: Conservation and collections care of books and archives


University: Birmingham City University

“Prior to studying for my degree and starting the business I had a long career in conservation, the longest serving conservation post being the Archives Conservator at the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust where I set up the archives conservation studio. One key achievement being the conservation decision and treatment of The Complete Works of Shakespeare (1623) known as the First Folio, considered, amongst scholars, to be one of the most important printed books in the world.”

Description of Business

The conservation and collections care of books, archives and paper based art objects to a range of clients from institutions, business, private collectors and members of the public.

Sevices offered

These services include providing advice, training and undertaking preventative measures and conservation treatments. The business set up will be flexible enough to adapt to current opportunities in conservation and collections care in the heritage sector (museums, libraries and archives) and relevant areas of the private sector.

As a qualified and accredited conservator, Clair, through her extensive experience, offers a consultancy service and undertakes conservation treatments and preventative measures on a wide range of archival material from the twelfth century to the present day, including: paper, parchment, prints, drawings, leather, photographic material and seals, in a variety of formats including: single membrane, rolls, books and maps.

The business offers a comprehensive courier service for historical material on loan. This includes conservation reports, safe transport and handling, and environmental condition assessments.

How has the SPEEDWM programme helped?

“I am excited about being given a placement on the SPEED programme as through the workshops and mentoring it is giving me vital support in setting up the business. My main objective is: to lay down the foundations for the business and the skills learned will complement my conservation experience.

At a glance:

Degree: BA (Hons) Fine Art (First Class)

Graduated: 2010

Started trading: 2010

Society of Archivists’ Certificate in Archive Conservation

Professional Accredited Conservator/Restorer (PACR) and member of the Institute of Conservation