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Portfolio - Karen Vidler

Paper conservation of large 14thC Qur'an for touring exhibition

Period Rebinding of 17thC
printed text


Teaching and Intern supervision in
Book & Paper Conservation


Developed Board Sutures for
improved conservation of
leather bindings

Brief Biography

Karen Vidler (FIIC, PMAICCM) began her journey into the Book & Paper conservation profession in 1993 after qualifying as a Librarian. The journey started as a Conservation Technician conducting a condition and conservation needs survey of 178 Middle Eastern MSS dating from the 12th – 19th centuries. Her formal education includes Book & Paper Conservation, Fine Bookbinding, Leather Technology and a Graduate Certificate in Education (Higher Education). Karen's is keen to share her fascination for the structures, materials and media that compose a book and techniques for their conservation with students and professional conservators during her teaching in higher education, professional development programs and vocational training.

Karen’s practical conservation career in both institutional and private conservation practice has seen an accumulation of skills and responsibilities to undertake minimal and remedial book & paper conservation, preservation programs, teaching and business management. She is skilled in prioritising workflows through the stages of conservation: Client consultation; survey; examination and testing; written estimates and photo-documentation; allocating time and resources; staff training and delegation; undertaking item level and batch treatments of book & archive materials; and project management. She has contributed papers to various bookbinding and conservation journals and is always keen to pass on skills and knowledge through her teaching practice.

Karen has managed Book Conservation Services since 2006.

Examples of Work

Please click on the headings above each image to see examples of Karen's work. Be aware some links will take you to other websites.

Cleaning and rehousing collection
of parchment deeds

Minimal and remedial book and
paper conservation


Karen demonstrating the one-on, two-off hollow during Module: Leather Binding Conservation

 Exhibitions and Loans

Measuring oversize Qur'an for a book cradle using a perspex screen

 Surveys and Consultations

Karen has expertise in the collection care
of leather bindings
 Publications & Presentations

Karen receiving certificate of thanks after presenting a talk to the Society of Leather Technologists and Chemists

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