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Conservation Conversation

Thursday, 26 May 2022, 7 – 8:15pm

Conservation Conversation

Unlocking the Past – Preserving the Future

An online roundtable discussion organised by the Beyond 2022 Project supported by the Trinity Long Room Hub.

Leading conservators from the Core Partner institutions within the Beyond 2022 research programme 
discuss the challenge of safeguarding historical documents and show how extraordinary new 
technologies are unlocking information once thought to be irrecoverable.


  • Pip Wilcox, Head of Research, The National Archives UK (moderator)
  • Dr Lucia Pereira Pardo, Senior Conservation Scientist, The National Archives (UK)
  • Zoë Reid, Keeper, Public Services and Collections, National Archives (Ireland)
  • Jessica Baldwin, Beyond 2022 Project Conservator at the National Archives (Ireland)
  • Sarah Graham, Head of Conservation, Public Record Office of Northern Ireland
About this event
‘The fire left little but tangled iron work, blocks of masonry, mason rubbish and the charred 
fragments and ashes of what had once been Public Records.’ This was how the Deputy Keeper of the 
Public Records of Ireland described the aftermath of the fire of 1922. A century later, 
extraordinary advances in conservation techniques are helping researchers retrieve information from 
parchment and paper records once thought beyond repair.

This event brings together for the first time the conservation teams from the Core Partner 
institutions within the Beyond 2022 research programme. These leading conservators and heritage 
scientists, working at the forefront of their disciplines, discuss the challenges of unlocking the 
past. Using novel investigative techniques and established methods they will discuss the 
conservation of a selection of parchment and paper records dating back as early as the thirteenth 
century. The conversation will showcase the vital role of conservation in protecting our shared heritage and preserving these 
precious records for future generations.

A Beyond 2022 partnership event presented by The National Archives UK with the National Archives 
(Ireland) Public Record Office of Northern Ireland and the Irish Manuscripts Commission. Hosted by 
the Trinity Long Room Hub Arts and Humanities Research Institute.
Supported by Dublin Port Company.

Campus Location: Online
Accessibility: N/A
Room: Online webinar
Event Category: Alumni, Arts and Culture, Exhibits, Lectures and Seminars, Library, Public
Type of Event: One-time event
Audience: Researchers, Undergrad, Postgrad, Alumni, Faculty & Staff, Public
Cost: Free but Registration Required

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