Conservation/Restoration Services

Have you got a family Bible that you would like repaired and preserved for future generations?

Would you like to have a special map, letter or certificate conserved and perhaps digitised so that you can safely store the original in a custom made acid free enclosure and display or hang the surrogate copy?

Do you have an old photograph album or scrapbook that needs to be preserved or repaired so that it can be handled and accessed without causing further damage to the original binding or text block?

We conserve and repair the following items:

  • books
  • bibles
  • maps
  • plans
  • letters
  • parchment
  • certificates
  • diaries
  • scrapbooks
  • photograph albums
  • wax seals

Paul Taylor

Paul TaylorPaul Taylor is a UK trained library and archive conservator with nearly 30 years’ experience. He is accredited by ICON (the Institute of Conservation) in the UK. The benefits of using an accredited Conservator-Restorer include the assurance that the individual will work to best practice, is committed to ongoing learning, adheres to a professional code of ethics and has proven responsibility for the care of cultural heritage.

Paul is also a full member of the NZCCM (New Zealand Conservators of Cultural Materials) organisation.

All our conservation work complies with international best practice – the European Confederation of Conservator-Restorers Professional Standards and the NZCCM Code of Ethics. All our bindings and boxes are individually hand made using the highest quality materials. All adhesives used are conservation grade, pH neutral and reversible. Our professional aim is to preserve as much original material as possible when conserving an item.

Example work

Examples of Paul’s work can be seen in the Auckland War Memorial Museum, Auckland City Libraries, Auckland City Archives, Auckland Art Gallery, MOTAT Library, the University of Auckland, Highwic House in Newmarket (a Heritage NZ property) and in private houses and collections. Please see image gallery for more photographs.

Our work process involves the preparation of a written assessment that includes information regarding the condition and structure of the item, treatment options and costings. There is no charge for this unless there are multiple items to assess.