Archive Conservator Jeff Cargill Honoured by All Party Parliamentary Group on Archives and History

An Outstanding Career in Conservation
Nominated by his peers in the conservation community and the ARA Board, Jeff Cargill (photo below, right) is the first ‘archive conservator’ to receive this award. Jeff recently retired from Hertfordshire Archives and Local Studies. He has worked in a number of archive conservation roles across a distinguished career, including the National Library of Wales and Cheshire and Buckinghamshire Record Offices. He was also a visiting lecturer at Camberwell College in London (specialist conservation training centre) for three years.
Jeff has been an instructor on the sector-leading ARA conservation training scheme for many years, being the UK and leading international authority on the conservation of mediaeval wax seals. Most – if not all – the archive conservators in the UK in the last twenty years will have been taught by him. As well has his opinion-leading and influencing work on seals, Jeff has also been a leading light in the use of the leaf-casting method of the repair of paper documents.

Lord Clark of Windermere, PC, co-Chair of the All-Party Group (photo below, left), said:

“I am delighted that the All-Party Group has chosen the first-ever archive conservator to receive this award. This highly-specialised community represents a ‘thin red line’ in the conservation and preservation of some of our most important and fragile documentary heritage. It is right that – though this award to Jeff Cargill – the all-party group is also recognising the outstanding contribution of archive conservators everywhere.”


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