Materials for Conservation

2nd Edition Published

The second edition of this standard text on polymers, consolidants, adhesives, coatings, was published in 2010. The text has been largely revised to reflect changes in the materials available and increasing conservation knowledge and experience. The appendices and bibliography have been considerably extended.

Professional Updating for Conservators

Distance learning and hands-on courses

Chemistry for Conservators enables people learn about the chemistry of major conservation issues: materials, environment, cleaning, and deterioration. Using written texts, experiments and assessment, scientific principles for conservation practice are explored. This is also taught as a undergraduate course, e.g, Courtauld Institute.
Materials for Conservation
provides hands-on experience and the theoretical background to the use of polymers in conservation.

Identical Books Project

Research Project Manager

This paper conservation research project coordinated The British Library, the UK legal deposit libraries and national archives, international researchers and companies in collaboration with curators, conservators, managers and scientists. With all the set-backs, delivered to time and budget. Large datasets and novel methodologies were developed, analysed then published.

International Institute for Conservation


In January 2010, Velson Horie was elected Treasurer of IIC. IIC is evolving in response to the outside pressures. The Institute is the premier organisation for conservation professionals to pool their knowledge and make this expertise available for the benefit of the world wide heritage.

New Mills Heritage Centre

Curatorial Advisor

The Centre enables residents and visitors to learn about the development of the town. The Centre is largely volunteer run with a part-time administrator under the town council. Velson Horie is the Centre’s Curatorial Advisor, appointed to advise on maintaining current museum standards.

Velson Horie provides collection care and conservation support to Museums, Libraries, Archives and other heritage organisations. Support and advice is provided for project and change management. Successful projects are developed by using the best advice from committed professionals then building a delivery team within and outside the organisation

Drawing on an established network of expertise, Velson Horie can manage and support:

  • conservation planning and implementation e.g. collection surveys and storage renewal;
  • Heritage Lottery Funded project management (both development and delivery phases);
  • development and training;
  • preparation of professional standards;
  • research and publication.

These topics illustrate the services that can be provided and case studies of projects successfully delivered. Contact Velson Horie to discuss your needs and potential solutions.

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