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Edward Cheese

Conservator of Manuscripts and Printed Books, Assistant Keepr

Edward Cheese is an Accredited Conservator specialising in the care and repair of western manuscripts and printed books.  He has an MA in English Literary Studies form the University of Durham, a Postgraduate Diploma in Book Conservation from West Dean College, West Sussex, and is a Queen Elizabeth Craft Scholar.  He worked at the Cambridge Colleges’ Conservation Consortium from 2006 until 2014 and led the unit as Conservation Manager for the last three of these years.  In 2015 he took up the post of Conservator of Manuscripts and Printed Books (Assistant Keeper) at the Fitzwilliam Museum.  


Research Interests

Materials and techniques of western book production; history of bookbinding c.1000-1850; conservation theory and practice, particularly in relation to objects with a mechanical function; history of libraries and collecting.


Recent/Major Publications

Papers (unpublished)

‘Beauty and Utility: Conservation of Rare Books and Manuscripts at the Consortium.’  ARCLIB Conference, ‘Beautiful Libraries’; July 2014.

‘Testament of the Unknown Craftsman: Book Conservation and Craft History.’  Emmanuel College Special Collections Lecture Series; November 2013.

‘Conservation, Collaboration and Use in Special Collections: Problems and Possibilities.’  ‘Sharing the Wonder: A Conference on Special Collections’, Queens’ College, Cambridge; September 2011.


Published Articles

‘Life without Air Conditioning?’  Icon News 34 (2011); pp. 12-14.

‘Into Battle!  Bookbinding with Maureen Duke.’  In Foster, P. (ed.) Maureen Duke: Bookbinder, Teacher, Friend.  Otter Memorial Paper 23.  Chichester: University of Chichester, 2008; pp. 63-67.

‘A Compromising Profession?  Professional “Ethics” and Contemporary Conservation.’  Icon News 7 (2006); p. 56.