Director and Studio Manager
Diana graduated with an MA Arts degree from Edinburgh University, specialising in the History of Art and English Literature. Following her degree she also gained a qualification in Business 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 continues to operate as Director and Studio Manager.
Sarah Freeman ACR
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. Sarah has worked in the public sector as well as other private studios whilst based in London and has worked at Mark Roberts Conservation Ltd since 2014.
Jennifer completed a BA (hons) in History in 2006 before gaining an MA with distinction from the University of Northumbria in Conservation of Easel Paintings in 2011. After graduating, Jennifer spent five years working as a painting conservator in the Netherlands. During her time there she worked at Redivivus Studio, Den Haag and Stichting Restauratie Atelier Limburg (SRAL), Maastricht. In the Netherlands she gained great experience in seventeenth century Dutch art and twentieth century art. In recent years Jennifer has been employed in private practice in Oxfordshire and Sheffield, and commenced her employment at Mark Roberts Conservation Ltd in 2022. She regularly participates in professional workshops, which have included: ‘Materials and methods for surface cleaning and removal of film-forming materials’ by Paolo Cremonesi and ‘Thread-by-Thread Tear Mending’ with Petra Demuth.
Mark 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, where Mark continued to work until his death in June 2017.