Paper conservator,paper conservation, Emily O'Reilly

Emily O’Reilly ACR -Paper Conservation

Conservation Services:

Emily O’Reilly is an accredited paper conservator (ACR) with over 20 years of experience. Her studio is based in Penarth near Cardiff in South Wales. She offers paper conservation services across Wales and the UK.

professional accreditation of conservators restorers

Emily can help you with the conservation or restoration of your work of art on paper. This includes but is not limited to:

Prints – drawings – pastels – chalk – watercolours – collage – posters – maps -photographs

Whether it was made hundreds of years ago or created yesterday.

Paper conservation, paper conservator, restorer, fine artConservation services include cleaning and repairing through to mounting and framing, all of which  are to museum standards of conservation.

With over 20 years of experience, Emily has worked with large collections of international importance while also working on individual items of great sentimental value. Clients have included contemporary artists interested in creating and yet presenting their work to last as long as possible.

Conservation is about caring for clients treasures at Emily O’Reilly ACR Paper Conservation.

Therefore, if you need any paper conservation services please contact to discuss your requirements.



What makes a Paper Conservator?


Emily O’Reilly ACR

ink and pencil on paper paper conservation
Book plate design by Herbert Cole

I graduated from Camberwell College of Art with a BA(HONS) Paper Conservation in 1995. Since then I have worked in a private conservation studio and as a senior paper conservator in public institutions in the UK and Australia.  I set up my own studio in 2017.

Ever since I was at school I always wanted to be a conservator. I loved creating my own art but always enjoyed science as well as art history and visiting art galleries. Conservation is the ideal combination of the three. You need to be dexterous and have good craft skills. You need to understand the technical aspects of an art work (how it was made and with what?) and a basic understanding of chemistry is also important for understanding what treatments will work. What I have also come to learn is that you need to be sensitive to an art work when conserving it- question why it looks like it does? understand its existence before jumping in and changing it forever.

What is an ACR?

Using an Accredited Conservator-Restorer is crucial.

professional accreditation of conservators restorers

In the UK it is a sign that someone has been assessed and found to be an expert in their area of specialisation. If you would like to learn more I suggest looking  HERE for more information.


I have presented my research at a number of international conferences.

IIC, Emily O'Reilly, Paper conservation, art restorationIn September 2016 I was fortunate enough to attend the IIC Congress LA 2016. I co-authored (with Judit Bodor and Rose Miller) and presented our research:   Curation, conservation and the artist in ‘Silent Explosion: Ivor Davies and Destruction in Art’

In 2015 I travelled to Berlin to present new research into a phenomena I identified on a 19th century water colour at the XIII IADA (International Association of Book and Paper Conservation) Congress.

2011 Conservation Matters in Wales conference, Aberystwyth, I presented a paper on research into the Thomas Hornor albums of the Neath Valley.

At the 2010 ICOM-CC (international Council of Museums – Conservation Committee) photographic materials group conference, in Athens, Greece. I presented a paper on research of contemporary art photography.

In 2009 I travelled to the annual AIC (American Institute of Conservation) conference in Los Angeles where I presented my paper ‘Place in Wales’, research I carried out on drawings of Wales by Francis Place, dated 1678.


Contact Emily O’Reilly ACR

Paper conservation, paper conservator, picture restorerConservation Services:

Conservation services such as: cleaning, mounting and framing, tailored to your requirements.

Please contact me:

Please telephone or email for advice or to arrange a visit. Or use the contact form at the bottom of this page.

[email protected]

Telephone:    07887 482071

Feel free to send me a photograph of a work you would like me to assess.


I am happy to work anywhere in the UK, I can arrange transport should you require it.

The studio is located in Penarth just outside Cardiff in South Wales, UK


I do not usually charge for quotes.
I am happy to work on-site.


All Enquiries, comments and questions are welcome!

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Conservation Services

What to look out for and what I can do for you:

Paper has been made and used for hundreds of years and examples survive that are many hundreds of years old.  There are different reasons why paper survives – or does not!

There are simple steps that can be taken to ensure your paper items are preserved to prolong their life – and that is where I can help. The following is a list (not exhaustive) of problems you may find that I can put right.


Correct framing is the most important thing you can do for your works of art on paper.


Foxing conservation treatment pen and ink drawing
Pen and ink drawing with pencil – showing foxing
Foxing can be caused by a number of things.

Tears and Repairs:

Physical damage of paper can be repaired

Conservation framing:

Correct framing is good for conservation or preservation.

When things go wrong:

Water and moisture are bad for paper.

Tape is Evil!

tape is evil conservation treatment
Double sided tape used to fix this screenprint into its frame
Pressure sensitive tapes should never be used.

You can contact me to discuss a problem you have or make an appointment.