Easel Painting Conservation
An MLA Partnership Grant helped Jenny Williamson, together with the School of Art and the National Library of Wales, to set up an easel painting conservation studio in Aberystwyth. Williamson offers undergraduate modules in Easel Painting Conservation, Preventative Conservation, and Traditional Painting Techniques. She also leads field trips to the National Conservation Centre in Liverpool, the Conservation Department of the National Museum in Cardiff, and elsewhere.
More About Jenny Williamson, BA ACR
Conservation and restoration of easel paintings
National Library of Wales, Aberystwyth SY23 3BU
The painting conservation studio provides a professional service for museums, public and private collections and individuals. A full range of services relating to the conservation of easel paintings is offered including:
- Full conservation and restoration treatments of old master and modern paintings
- Condition survey work
- Treatment estimates
- Conservation framing
- Full written and photographic documentation of all work
- All aspects of collection management from initial assessments to framing
Investigation into the condition of a work of art using all appropriate scientific methods - X-radiography, I-R reflectography, U-V flourescence, microscopy etc.
- Written examination reports for prospective sales or purchases
Exhibition assistance including pre- and post-loan examinations, supervision of framing and crating, and courier services
- Emergency aid in case of fire, flood or accidental damage
- Conservation work undertaken at the National Library Studio or on-site
Jenny Williamson gained her degree at Cambridge University and then trained in the conservation of easel paintings at the Courtauld Institute of Art. She has worked in museums and for private clients in England, Wales and India including the Victoria and Albert Museum, the National Gallery, London, the Glynn Vivian Art Gallery, Swansea, the National Library of Wales and the Calcutta Tercentenary Trust.
Her present work schedule includes full treatments and collection care for the easel paintings of the National Library of Wales. She lectures on easel painting conservation and preventive conservation and collection care at the Aberystwyth University's School of Art.