Spiral Path Book Studio Ltd was formed in August 2005 by Paul Taylor (Diploma in Conservation, Accredited Conservator Restorer, full member of the NZ Conservators of Cultural Materials) and Terry Bowden (BA Honours, MA).
Paul qualified as a book and archive conservator in 1986 from Colchester Institute, Essex, UK and has worked for several prestigious institutions since then including:
- The National Archives, Kew, London
- The University of Lancaster
- The John Rylands Library in Manchester
- Canterbury Cathedral Archives, Canterbury, Kent
During his time at Canterbury Cathedral Paul worked on the binding and conservation of items from the 12th century to the 20th century in various formats and materials, restored a Crozier box for the installation of the current Archbishop of Canterbury and bound a presentation book which was presented to Prince Charles when he visited the Cathedral.
He was awarded accredited Conservator-Restorer (ACR) status by the Institute of Conservation in the UK in 2003.
We came to New Zealand from Britain in January 2004 for Paul to take up the post of Preservation Manager for Auckland City Libraries, where he led a team of 4 staff and volunteers in the care and protection of the Libraries’ collections, set up the Conservation Workshop, created a Preservation Policy and co ordinated the Collection Recovery and Protection Team.
He left the library in December 2006 to develop Spiral Path Book Studio Ltd with his wife and co-director of the company, Terry Bowden.
Prior to running the business side of Spiral Path Book Studio Ltd, Terry was a social worker in the UK specialising in the care of adults with mental health problems and older people.