Abigail Bainbridge ACR

Abigail is a book & paper conservator and Director of Bainbridge Conservation in London. She has lectured extensively on book conservation, conservation science, and bookbinding at West Dean College, Camberwell College of Art, Morley College, Richmond Art School, and City Lit, as well as teaching workshops at the London Centre for Book Arts and Women’s Studio Workshop (NY). She has an MA with distinction in Conservation Studies from West Dean for research into selective discolouration of 17th-century paper, and a BFA in printmaking and art history with highest honours from the Maryland Institute College of Art.

Abigail is an accredited member of the Institute of Conservation and has served on its Book & Paper Group for seven years, first as Treasurer and currently as Chair. She is a Mentor and Assessor for Icon’s accreditation scheme, and she also serves on the Royal Society of Chemistry’s Heritage Science Expert Working Group.


  • 2012, MA Conservation Studies, West Dean College, Chichester, UK.
  • 2010–11, PgDip Book & Library Conservation, West Dean College, Chichester, UK.
  • 2009–10, GDip Book & Library Conservation, West Dean College, Chichester, UK.
  • 2003–7, BFA Printmaking & Art History, Maryland Institute College of Art, Baltimore, USA.



  • 2012— Director, Bainbridge Conservation, London, UK.
  • 2013–20, Lecturer in Book Conservation, West Dean College, Chichester, UK.
  • 2017–18, Lecturer in Advanced Bookbinding, Morley College of Art, London, UK.
  • 2016–2017, Lecturer in Intermediate & Advanced Bookbinding, Richmond Art School, London, UK.
  • 2013–16, Lecturer in Conservation Science, Camberwell College of Art, London, UK.
  • 2007–9, Conservation Technician, Columbia University, New York, USA.


  • Bainbridge, A. ed. (2022) Conservation of Books. London: Routledge.
  • Bainbridge, A. and Bower, T., eds. (2020) Unexpected fame: Conservation approaches to the preparatory object. Proceedings from the International Conference of the Icon Book & Paper Group, Oxford 1–2 October 2018. London, The Institute of Conservation: 2020. https://icon.org.uk/unexpected-fame-conservation-approaches-to-the-preparatory-object
  • Bainbridge, A. (2015) Protecting a Slim Volume, The Bookbinder, 29.
  • Bainbridge, A. (2015) Bookbinding According to Diderot: An Exploration of Eighteenth-Century French Binding, Journal of Paper Conservation, 16(2).
  • Bainbridge, A. (2015) Non-Destructive Analysis of Selective Discolouration in Two 17th-Century Codices, Journal of the Institute of Conservation, pp. 3–13.
  • Bainbridge, A. (2014) A New Application for Boardslotting: The Clear Drop-Spine Box, Journal of Paper Conservation, 15(1).



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