Conservation

Access is central to all activities at the Chester Beatty.  Maintaining and preserving the Collections and making them available for the use and enjoyment of the public is at the heart of our mission. The museum has a dedicated department that specialises in book and paper conservation. By repairing and stabilising the collections in our care, conservators ensure they can be researched, displayed and preserved for future generations.

Meet the team

  • Kristine Rose-Beers
    Senior Conservator

    Kristine Rose-Beers
    Senior Conservator

    Kristine Rose-Beers is an accredited member of the Institute of Conservation. She is responsible for the conservation of a wide range of manuscript material at the Library. Kristine graduated from the Conservation programme at Camberwell College of Arts in 2002 before beginning work at Cambridge University Library, where her fascination with Islamic manuscript material was cemented. In 2008 she began work at the Chester Beatty Library as book conservator for the Turkish collection, and in 2011 Kristine was appointed Assistant Keeper (Conservator of Manuscripts and Printed Books) at the Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge. After four years in Cambridge, Kristine’s passion for the unique Chester Beatty collections brought her back to Dublin in 2015.

    Kristine’s research interests include the conservation of Islamic manuscript material, early binding structures and the use of pigments and dyes in medieval manuscripts. She has taught and lectured internationally, and is a regular tutor at the Montefiascone Project in Italy. Kristine is also a member of ICRI and a member of the Board of Directors of The Islamic Manuscript Association.

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  • Julia Poirier
    Book/Paper Conservator

    Julia Poirier
    Book/Paper Conservator

    Julia Poirier joined the team for a one-year Heritage Council Internship in 2012. Julia trained as a bookbinder in France before obtaining an MA in conservation of fine art, with a specialty on works of art on paper, from Northumbria University in Newcastle in 2010. After graduating, Julia worked as a paper conservator in private practices in Edinburgh as well as the special collection division of the University of Edinburgh, before joining the Derry and Raphoe Project conservation team in 2011.

    A growing personal interest in Islamic culture and material led her to visit countries including India and Uzbekistan. She also developed a strong interest in Japanese traditional conservation techniques and materials. She has attended workshops and placements with Japanese conservation experts and furthered her skills and travels by visiting Japan and traditional conservation studios and papermakers. Julia is an accredited member of the Institute of Conservator-Restorers in Ireland (ICRI) and currently the Membership Secretary. She is also a member of The Islamic Manuscript Association.

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  • Adam Macklin
    Conservation intern

    Adam Macklin
    Conservation intern

    Adam joined the Chester Beatty as Heritage Council Intern in Conservation in November 2018. He graduated from the Conservation and Restoration programme at the University of Amsterdam in 2018, specialising in Book and Paper conservation. Adam had previously volunteered at the Chester Beatty as a tour guide and rehoused some of the Arabic manuscript collection.

    Before deciding upon a career in conservation Adam studied Chinese studies at SOAS and lived in Beijing for 3 years. He continues to have a deep interest in the Far East. He has also lived in the Middle East and has a growing interest in its culture. Adam has been a member of the Institute of Conservator-Restorers in Ireland since 2016.

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  • Alice Derham
    Contract Conservator

    Alice Derham
    Contract Conservator

    Alice joined the Chester Beatty as Heritage Council Intern in Conservation in December 2017. She graduated with an MA in Conservation of Fine Art (specialising in works of art on paper) from Northumbria University, Newcastle upon Tyne, UK, in 2017. Prior to commencing her studies at Northumbria, she undertook a conservation internship at the Indira Ghandi National Centre for the Arts, New Delhi, India. During her MA she undertook placements at the Victoria and Albert Museum, Royal Museums Greenwich, Tyne and Wear Archives and Museums, Jane McAusland Paper Conservation in Suffolk, and the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.

    Since completing her internship in December 2018, Alice has been working as a Contract Conservator focusing on the conservation of the Thai Collection in preparation for an exhibition in June.

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  • Jessica Baldwin
    Head of Collections

    Jessica Baldwin
    Head of Collections

    Jessica Baldwin trained as a paper conservator at Camberwell College of Art, London and worked in a number of conservation studios in England. In 1995 she was appointed paper conservator at Trinity College Library, Dublin, where she worked alongside a team of book conservators for eight years. In 2000 she took a one-year sabbatical in order to take up the Haas Advanced Fellowship in paper conservation at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. In 2003, Jessica joined the Chester Beatty as the Library’s first full-time conservator and was responsible for establishing the conservation department, which has now become an integral and vital part of the museum. Her position was made permanent as Head of Conservation in 2007 and she was appointed Head of Collections and Conservation in 2014.

    Jessica was responsible for coordinating the Chester Beatty’s successful application for accreditation through the Heritage Council’s Museum Standards Programme in Ireland (MSPI), which resulted in full accreditation being awarded in 2014 and maintenance being achieved in 2018. Jessica is an accredited member of the Institute of Conservator-Restorers in Ireland (ICRI), and has been an active member of the Board over a number of years, taking on a range of roles including Chair. She is currently Membership Secretary/Treasurer of ICOM-Ireland.

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Chester Beatty
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