Megumi Mizumura


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Megumi Mizumura trained in paper conservation at Camberwell College of Arts (BA conservation, 1995-1998) and Northumbria University (MA Conservation of Fine Art, specialising works of art on paper, 1998-2000) and joined the British Museum in 2007.

After graduation, she has worked in the field of Asian paintings and conservation in Washington DC. Before joining the British Museum, she completed the Samuel H. Kress Paper Internship (Northeast Document Conservation Center) and the Andrew W. Mellon Paper Conservation Fellowship (Conservation Center for Art and Historic Artifacts) in USA. She has also worked on numerous conservation projects at a variety of museums, libraries, and private sectors in Japan, UK and Norway, including Consul Thesen's collection of Japanese woodblock prints at Bergen Art Museum (Norway), the van de Velde drawings at the National Maritime Museum (London) and Franz Kafka's manuscripts at the Bodleian Libraries (Oxford). She has worked on Western, Middle Eastern and Asian objects using her knowledge and skills in Western and Asian paper conservation.

Having worked in both Western and Asian paper conservation, a part of her interests is in Japanese materials, tools and techniques adopted in Western conservation, such as paper and adhesives. Throughout her career she has carried out research projects on papermaking in China, Korea, Japan and the Middle East; given talks; and conducted tours to papermaking mills in China and Japan.

Membership of professional bodies

Accredited member of the Institute of Conservation (ICON)

Member of the Japan Society for the Conservation of Cultural Property

Recent publications

M. Mizumura and T. Moriki, ‘Modern Japanese paper: Machine-made, wood pulp and non-native fibres’ in the ICOM-CC 18th Triennial Conference Preprints, Copenhagen, 4-8 September 2017,ed. J. Bridgeland, (Paris, The International Council of Museums: 2017) art 0506.

M. Mizumura, T. Kubo and T. Moriki, ‘Japanese paper: History, development and use in Western paper conservation’ in Adapt & Evolve: East Asian Materials and Techniques in Western Conservation. Proceedings from the International Conference of the ICON Book & Paper Group, London, 8-10 April 2015, ed. F. Whymark, (London, The Institute of Conservation: 2017) pp.43-59.

Recent workshops/lectures given

Visiting lecturer at Camberwell College of Arts on Use of Japanese paper in Western Paper Conservation.

M. Mizumura, 'Making Mini Spatulas with Bamboo and Teflon' at the National Archives (ICON Book and Paper Group), 12 August 2017.

M. Mizumura and N. Jacobi, Pre-Conference Workshop ‘Identification of East Asian Paper for Conservation’ at the Joint 44th Annual AIC (the American Institute for Conservation and Historic and Artistic Works) Meeting and 42nd Annual CAC (the Canadian Association for Conservation) Conference, Montreal, 14 May 2016.

M. Mizumura and N. Jacobi, Conference Workshop ‘East Asian Paper Identification’ at Adapt & Evolve: East Asian Materials and Techniques in Western Conservation, The International Conference of the ICON Book & Paper Group, London,10 April 2015.