Alison Seed ACR

Alison is an easel paintings conservator with a studio in Kent. She works at other private studios in the South East of England, and is currently working on a project at Chichester Cathedral for the Hamilton Kerr Institute. Since qualifying with a postgraduate diploma in the Conservation of Easel Paintings from the Hamilton Kerr Institute, University of Cambridge, she has experience with working for private clients and institutions. She undertook internships at the Guildhall Art Gallery London, and Southampton City Art Gallery, and was employed at the National Museums Northern Ireland during the recent refurbishment of the Ulster Museum. She has recently carried out data work concerning conservation and access for the National Trust, and has delivered conservation training sessions for the Museums Association and Maidstone Museum, Kent. Her interests in conservation range from artists’ methods and materials and gilding within works of art, to public engagement with conservation.


  • Spotlight on Conservation: Recent projects by conservation interns, Guildhall Art Gallery, 2009/10.
  • Painting Gets Special Treatment: Larry Wakefield ‘Untitled (Black with Yellow and White), c.1970, Southampton City Art Gallery, 2009.
  • Mission Impossible: Ethics and Choices in Conservation, Fitzwilliam Museum, 2004.



  • 2011 Accredited member of The Institute of Conservation (ICON)
  • 2004 – 2007 Postgraduate Diploma in the Conservation of Easel Paintings (University of Cambridge, Hamilton Kerr Institute)
  • 1998 – 2001 BA Joint Honours Art History/English Studies (University of Nottingham)



  • ML. Sauerberg, L. Broeke, R. Marchant, A. Stock, ‘Coronation Chair: The History of a Nation’ in The Decorative: Conservation and the Applied Arts, International Institute for Conservation Congress, Vienna, 2012
  • L. Wrapson, J. Rose, S. Bucklow (eds), In Artists’ Footsteps – The Reconstruction of Pigments and Paintings, a festschrift dedicated to Renate Woudhuysen, Archetype, 2012.
  • ‘Preparing a copper panel for painting; a late sixteenth-century reconstruction’
    ‘Does the Mayerne Manuscript Reflect Contemporary Studio Practice?’
  • Communication & Education of Conservation
  • The Globe Theatre: Historic Painting Techniques Training Day, 2012.
  • Museums Association: Condition Reporting & Object Assessment Training Day, Museum of London, 2010.
  • Maidstone Museum: Handling and Packing Training Day, 2010.

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