Judith Rayner


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Jude studied for an MA in Paper Conservation at Camberwell College of Arts, specialising in the conservation of prints, drawings and watercolours. She joined the British Museum Western Art on Paper (WAP) conservation studio in 1996 and has had a particular involvement in the care of prints. She has been responsible for a number of re-housing projects for print collections in the Department of Prints and Drawings.

Jude is exhibition conservator for Room 90 (Prints and Drawings) and WAP conservation contact for the Department of Britain, Europe and Prehistory and the Department of the Middle East. She also advises on the care of books and albums.

Current projects

Italian Quattrocento Drawings - a conservation and technical study of fifteenth-century Italian drawings, using non-destructive techniques

Previous projects

Examination and conservation of sixteenth-century watercolours by John White for the exhibition A New World: England’s first view of America

Conservation of Michelangelo drawings for the exhibition Closer to the Master

Co-organiser of the international conference ‘Mounting and Housing Art on Paper’, May 2005

Re-housing of illuminated books by William Blake (2001–2008)

External fellowships/ honorary positions/ membership of professional bodies

Member of the Institute of Conservation (ICON)

Recent publications

J. Rayner, J. Bescoby, J. Ambers and D. Hook, ‘New visions of a new world: the conservation and analysis of the John White watercolours’, The British Museum Technical Research Bulletin Vol 1, (London, Archetype Publications Ltd. in association with the British Museum, 2007), pp. 9-22

J. Rayner, J.M. Kosek and B.C. Christensen (eds), Art on Paper: Mounting and Housing (London, Archetype Publications Ltd. in association with the British Museum, 2005)

J. Rayner, ‘Rehousing of print collections at the British Museum – the William Blake post binder project and other recent approaches’ The Paper Conservator Vol 27, (London, The Institute of Paper Conservation, 2003) pp.35-45