Karen studied fine bookbinding and paper conservation at Guildford College before completing post graduate studies in book conservation at West Dean College. Her area of specialisation is the assessment of bookbinding leather for bookbinding and conservation work. Her current research, as part of her studies for an MA in Education, explores better ways of teaching bookbinding and conservation skills in higher education and vocational training. Karen has worked as a Book Conservator with the National Archives in Kew, London, the V&A Museum, London and The Leather Conservation Centre, UK. She has managed Book Conservation Services since 2006 and taught in the UK, Australia, Europe and East Asia.
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