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The Moors also initiated the move to establish the Photographic Materials Conservation Group an independent professional UK based group addressing the concerns and issues facing the field of Photographic Conservation, which is now part of ICON – The Institute of Conservation.
In contrast, Robert’s background does not lie in helping to originate the field of photographic conservation – far from it in fact. He’s a software engineer by trade, having worked widely across the technology industry over his varied career. He spent 6 years at Google as an engineer, technical lead and people manager, before leaving to pursue other ventures. He’s worked as a contractor and consultant across a range of businesses ranging from software agencies to startups, as well as on various projects of his own invention.
He enjoys photography, and when the opportunity arose to learn about historic photographic processes and conservation from Ian and Angela, he couldn’t resist! He’s the digital engine behind Conserve Photography, helping to transform decades of Ian and Angela’s live teaching experience and content into a new online offering, to help provide rich and expert learning experiences in this field for decades to come.
Angela has for over 40 years with her husband and partner Ian L Moor researched and specialised in photographic preservation and conservation. Their work has brought them clientele, both institutional and private, throughout the world. Recent commissions include UNHCR Geneva, the Royal Collection Trust, Sotheby’s and Société Jersiaise.
Since 1972 she has researched, with Ian, all aspects of photographic history, chemistry and processes and the development of photographic conservation treatments.
Angela has also lectured and taught internationally. She is the co-author with Ian of various articles and papers on paper and photographic preservation and conservation.
How did it begin?
Angela studied and researched, attending:
Angela started her career as a paper conservator at British Petroleum Archive in London in 1975. In 1976 she went on to establish a private paper and photographic conservation studio in London, continuing her project for British Petroleum until 1977.
Angela co-founded The Centre for Photographic Conservation with Ian Moor. Angela is a Director and Conservation Administrator, overseeing The Centre’s library and photographic collections.
Since this time she has organised and taught on The Centre’s annual programme of professional development courses, covering all aspects of photographic conservation and preservation, collection management, disaster preparedness and recovery management.
These courses have been attended by conservators, curators and heritage professionals worldwide.
Angela was a founder member and Programme Chair of the UK Photographic Materials Conservation Group, which is now part of The Institute of Conservation (ICON).
In 1992 she organised the first international conference on photographic conservation, The Imperfect Image: Photographs Their Past, Present and Future.
She compiled and edited the proceedings from the conference, which still constitute a major collection of information in the field of photographic preservation and conservation (ISBN 0-9521393-0-8).
In 2016, Angela co-founded Conserve Photography with Ian and Robert, to look at building a learning resource unlike any other that would benefit the field of photographic conservation for decades to come.
Ian’s knowledge and experience, spanning over 50 years, in the conservation, history and processes of photography – coupled with aesthetic appreciation, an ethical approach and expert skill – have earned him a deserved international reputation in the field of photographic preservation and conservation.
His expertise has brought him both institutional and private clientele and consultations from many countries and organisations, including the United Nations, the Getty Museum, the Victoria and Albert Museum, and the Royal Collection Trust.
He has also lectured and taught both in the UK and internationally in America, Canada, Mexico, Denmark, France, Germany, Hungary, Spain, and Italy. He is the author of numerous articles and papers on photographic preservation and conservation.
But where did it all start?
Ian researched and preserved the Eric Davidson Photographic Archive – now in the Carlisle City Museum and The Cumberland and Westmorland Herald.
Ian studied and researched, attending:
Ian started his career at the British Library, Oriental Manuscripts Conservation Department, where he became a Senior Conservation Officer.
Throughout this period, he also worked privately undertaking photographic conservation commissions whilst maintaining an ongoing programme of historical and developmental research into photographic conservation.
Ian joined Angela H. Moor in partnership and they established The Centre for Photographic Conservation. Ian is a Director, and Head of Conservation at The Centre.
Since this time Ian has spearheaded The Centre’s annual programme of professional development courses, teaching on all
aspects of photographic conservation and preservation, collection management and disaster preparedness and recovery.
These courses have been attended by conservators, curators and heritage professionals from all over the world.
Ian was a founder member of the committee for the Administrative Group for the successful Conservation Petition in 1984-85. On behalf of British conservation professions, this petition urged then Minister for the Arts Lord Gowrie to re-assess government support for the conservation profession and on the loss of the Crafts Council’s Conservation Committee and Grant Aid.
Ian was part of the Arts Minister’s consultative group for the foundation in 1987 of The Conservation Unit of the Museum and Galleries Commission and the establishment of The Conservation Register.
Ian was a founder member of the UK Photographic Materials Conservation Group, which emerged from the conference The Imperfect Image: Photographs Their Past, Present and Future.
This international conference in 1992 was the first on the
preservation and conservation of photographic material, and was organised by The Centre for Photographic Conservation.
The conference proceedings, funded and published by The Centre in 1993, constitute a major collection of information in the field of photographic preservation and conservation.
From 2001-2016, Ian as Chairman of the UK Photographic Materials Conservation Group, was also a director of the National Council for Conservation and Restoration (NCCR), which worked towards convergence of the UK conservation profession and the establishment of common standards of accreditation and practice across the various material specialisms. Ian was also an Interim Board Member of the Institute of Conservation (ICON), which was ultimately set up by NCCR.
In 2016, Ian co-founded Conserve Photography with Angela and Robert, to look at building a learning resource unlike any other that would benefit the field of photographic conservation for decades to come.
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