Mark was trained in a Conservation Studio attached to Manchester Art Gallery. In 1968 he travelled to Italy, assisting with the conservation of paintings from the Uffizi that had been damaged during the 1966 floods in Florence.
From 1970 until 1985 Mark worked in the public sector as Conservation Officer at Sheffield Art Galleries. In 1985 he established his business and in 2000 it moved to a secure purpose-built studio, within the Harley Foundation Workshops in North Nottinghamshire.
Mark is an Accredited Member of the Institute for Conservation (ACR), a Fellow Member of the British Association of Picture Conservator-Restorers (FBAPCR) and a Member of the International Institute for Conservation of historic and Artistic Work (IIC).
Diana graduated with an MA Arts degree from Edinburgh University, specialising in the History of Art and English Literarture. Following her degree she also gained a qualification in Businesss and Secretarial Studies in Sheffield and became PA to David Mellor the industrial designer and silversmith.
In 1985 Diana helped Mark to establish his conservation business and now operates as Director and Studio Manager.
Sarah undertook an undergraduate degree in the History of Art with Material Studies at University College London and went on to train for her career in Conservation at the Courtauld Institute of Art, where she graduated in 2012.
Following her graduation she completed a six-month internship at Stichting Restauratie Atelier Limburg (SRAL) in Maastricht, Netherlands. She also went on to work at the Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Vastu Sangrahalaya (CSMVS) in Mumbai, completing the final stages of conservation on The Sword of Damocles by Antoine Dubost, part of the Ratan Tata bequest. Sarah has also worked in the public sector as well as other private studios whilst based in London and has worked at Mark’s studio since October 2014.
Following on from a BA in History of Art at Cambridge University, Alysia trained at the Courtauld Institute of Art, receiving a Postgraduate Diploma in the Conservation of Easel Paintings in 2013.
She has worked in both the private and public sector, in the UK and abroad, including the Cultural Heritage Agency of the Netherlands (RCE) and the Prince of Wales Museum, Mumbai as well as private restoration studios in New York and London. Alysia has lectured and published on a variety of degradation phenomena in modern oil paintings and related treatment strategies. Alysia has worked at Mark’s studio since April 2016.