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About me: Fiona McLees

I graduated with an MA in Paper Conservation in summer 2010, and since then have been broadening my experience and knowledge as much as possible. This has included various internships and voluntary positions at Liberty Fabric Archives, The British Museum, and The Chester Beatty Library, followed by contract work at The National Archives and the Imperial War Museum. I have a particular interest in materials and pigments, and have been involved with developing a database of handmade paper by collecting data from samples at The British Museum. In November 2011 I started a year’s internship at the Chester Beatty Library in Dublin, where I greatly enjoyed working with the beautiful collections, and learning more about Persian, Turkish and Indian art, amongst other things. January 2013 – August 2013 I worked at the Imperial War Museum, London on a contract to conserve paper objects for their new First World War and Atrium galleries, which opened July 2014. September 2013 – August 2014 I worked at Tate, as the paper conservator responsible for new acquisitions: a challenging and exciting post which pushed the boundaries of my knowledge further as I suddenly came into contact with all the weird and wonderful materials that contemporary artists use. As of August 2014 I start at the Bodleian Libraries, Oxford, where I hope to renew my love for working with illuminated manuscripts (amongst other things).

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  1. Siobhan Conyngham

    This is so beautifully recorded. Thank you.

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  2. Thanks for the link Fiona, and thanks for such an interesting blog – I shall be following.
    Best Wishes, Anita

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  3. Fiona. I really (really) liked your article on the Suleyman manuscript – and hope you dont mind me devoting the most recent posting on my own blog to showing off your skills. Its on http://www.carolinemawer.com/whats-new/craft/sixteenth-century-painters/

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    • Thank you! I’m delighted you enjoyed it so much. It’s an honour to work with such beautiful manuscripts. Hopefully I will be presenting work on a 16th Century Iranian Qur’an at The Islamic Manuscript Association’s conference this year, which will be more close analysis of the techniques used by the artists.

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  4. Hi Fi!
    Your blog is so cool!

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  5. Rebecca [Henhunter1]

    Hello again Fi!
    I am going to put a link to your blog on my blog http://coldstormvalleyfoxes.wordpress.com/
    I might put one on my second blog http://storiesco.wordpress.com/

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