Staff profiles

Virginia Lladó-Buisán

Virginia M Lladó-Buisán is the Head of Conservation and Collection Care. She has been working in the conservation field since 1990, having specialised in the conservation of works of art on paper and the technical study of artists' materials and techniques.

Prior to arriving at the Bodleian Libraries, Virginia worked for institutions in both the US and Europe, including the British Library, The Metropolitan Museum of Art of New York, The Guggenheim Museum, the National Museum of Art of Catalonia, and the National Maritime Museum Greenwich.

Virginia joined the Bodleian Libraries in January 2010 as Head of Book and Paper Conservation before taking on her current role in March 2012.

A large proportion of Virginia's time is spent in support of fundraising activities. She also manages two large scale projects: the conservation of the Sheldon Tapestry Maps and the scientific study of ancient Mexican manuscripts in the Bodleian collections.

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Nicole Gilroy

Nicole Gilroy is the Head of Book Conservation. After a first degree in English Literature and Biology she began her conservation training at Camberwell College of Arts during which time she held internships at The National Archives, Trinity College, Dublin and the Oxford Colleges Consortium. On receiving her MA, she began working at the Bodleian on a postgraduate internship in 2001 and worked in a number of roles before taking on leadership of the Book Team when it was formed in 2011.

Nicole has worked on the survey of manuscripts and printed books at St. Catherine's monastery on Mt. Sinai as part of the Ligatus team. Her interests include the materials and production of parchment manuscripts and the development of conservation approaches and techniques through the history of the profession. She is an accredited member of Icon.

Marinita Stiglitz

Marinita Stiglitz is Head of Paper Conservation. She trained as a book and paper conservator at the European School for the Conservation of Library Materials in Spoleto Italy, and afterwards completed her studies in Art History at the University of Rome 'La Sapienza'.

She continued her training in paper conservation at the Folger Shakespeare Library and specialised in conservation of East Asian works of art on paper at the Freer Gallery in Washington DC, and at the International Course on Conservation of Japanese Paper organized by ICCROM and the Tokyo National Research Institute for Cultural Properties. She worked as a conservator in Rome before joining the Conservation and Collection Care Department of the Bodleian Libraries in 2004.

Marinita is an accredited member of Icon and is part of the Icon Continuing Professional Development Committee. Her areas of interest include technical studies of painting materials and techniques in manuscripts.


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Alex Walker

Alex Walker is the Acting Head of Preventive Conservation. She joined the Bodleian Libraries in 2013 as a Preventive Conservator. Her main responsibilities include managing preventive conservation projects, environmental monitoring, integrated pest management, providing and developing training programmes and managing the preservation volunteer programme.

She trained in Paper Conservation at Camberwell College of Art and has an MA in Preventive Conservation from Northumbria University. Before joining the team at the Bodleian, Alex was a Collection Care Icon Intern at the Museum of London.

Robert Minte

Robert Minte is Senior Paper Conservator within the Paper Conservation Team. He has been working in conservation for over 30 years, studying book and paper conservation whilst serving a bookbinding apprenticeship at the Bodleian Library, and completing an advanced internship in book conservation at West Dean College. He is an accredited conservator and since 2003 has been an assessor for PACR (The Professional Accreditation of Conservator-Restorers).

Through his work at the Bodleian Libraries, he has specialised in the conservation of East Asian books and art on paper, studying Chinese bookbinding and scroll mounting in Hong Kong; participating in a collaborative project to survey and conserve Japanese collections at the Bodleian Libraries with the National Diet Library, Tokyo; attending the ICCROM Japanese Paper Conservation Course in Japan; and assisting with the conservation and remounting of a Japanese hand-scroll from the Bodleian Libraries collections at the Far Eastern Conservation Centre, Leiden.

He went on to study Japanese scroll mounting and conservation for a year at the Usami Shokakudo, Kyoto, Japan, and has lectured on conservation in Japan, Hong Kong and the UK.

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