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Rachel Sawicki

After working as an Assistant Conservation Technician with the wonderful team at the Bodleian Library for 3 years, a career as a qualified Book Conservator was my absolute dream. With thanks to the generosity of the Anna Plowden Trust, I was able to undertake MA studies in the Conservation of Books and Library Materials at West Dean College 2008/2009. Working with the fantastic tutors at West Dean was a real life changer for me, and I gained vital experience in research and treatments that enabled me to enter the field with motivation and enthusiasm. 

Following my degree, I was extremely fortunate to spend over 3 years interning and working with the brilliant team at the Chester Beatty Library, learning and undertaking conservation treatments on Islamic and Indian manuscripts and pigments. A move to Australia gave me the opportunity to work with the hardworking Paper Conservation team at the National Library of Australia, which gave me new experience working with works of art on paper and Indigenous collections. I currently work as a Conservator within Cambridge University Library's Conservation and Collection Care team, where my learning and love for book conservation continues. 

I feel extremely fortunate to be an Anna Plowden Scholar, the Trust helped me start a wonderful career in conservation and I feel lucky every day that I get to work in the field that I love.