5th July 2002

 

  CONSERVING THE ROYAL COLLECTIONS

 

A Lincoln School of Art and Design student will be heading back to work with the Royal Collections at Hampton Court Palace after she graduates at Lincoln Cathedral next Tuesday (9th July).

 

Hazel Foreman (22) of Tollgate Road, Dorking, who has just completed her BA (Hons) in Conservation and Restoration studies at the University of Lincoln, has secured the position of Conservation Housekeeper.

 

Hampton Court Palace was given to Henry VIII by Cardinal Wolsey and has been the residence for many royal figures including Mary I and Elizabeth I, Charles I, William III and Mary II. 

 

The palace, which is now open to the public for viewing, retains many furnishings and objects from their times and houses some important works of art and furnishings in the Royal Collection. 

 

Assisted by five other people, Hazel will work on the preventative conservation of all the articles which appear on display behind the roped-off areas of the palace.  This involves stabilising the condition of the articles, monitoring pest and other damage and caring out intricate cleaning of everything from woodwork to gilding, silverware and tapestries to ceramics.

 

“The position was advertised on the Internet, so I sent my CV and here I am!” said Hazel.

 

“I feel very privileged to be working here, it is absolutely fabulous and fantastic experience.

 

“I was lucky enough to gain some valuable practice working with conservators Plowden and Smith in London last summer, which obviously helped with my application.

 

“I have always been interested in easel paintings but this is a specialised area of conservation, so at some point in the distant future I would like to do an MA in that area.”

 

The graduation ceremony takes place at Lincoln Cathedral next Tuesday at 11.30am.

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For more information contact:

Gill Noakes, Press Assistant, University of Lincoln

Tel: 01522 886042 or Email: gnoakes@lincoln.ac.uk

 

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