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Chris Woods
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Chris Woods is an Accredited Conservator with over 30 years of experience working in the heritage sector. Chris's former public sector roles have included Head of Conservation & Collection Care at the Bodleian Library, Oxford University, and Director of Collection & Programme Services for the Tate galleries. Chris has published, lectured and taught in a range of specialist fields, notably building and storage environments, parchment manuscripts, archival seals and plastic photographic negatives. Chris founded NCS in 2009/10. Currently Chairman of the British Standards Institution's committee responsible for BS4971:2017 Conservation & Care of Archive and Library Collections (and formerly for BS5454, the 2009-12 review of which he led), Chris is also active in Europe, having led the work to develop EN 16893:2018 Specifications for Buildings, recently launched and which replaces the now withdrawn BS5454.  Chris advises Lincoln and Salisbury Cathedrals on the care of their 1215 Magna Cartas of King John and Hereford for its 1217 Magna Carta of Henry III.

Chris was a founding Trustee and Director of Icon, the Institute of Conservation, and former chairman of its predecessor UKIC. He led the establishment of Icon's Conservation Register on taking it over from the Museums and Galleries Commission, its PACR accreditation scheme, HLF-funded Internship Bursary Scheme and former Conservation Technician Qualification. Chris's professional publications include:

Magna Carta - the care and use of iconic cultural treasures – Care & Conservation of Manuscripts, Museum Tusculanum Press University of Copenhagen 2011
'The Conservation of Parchment', in The Conservation of Leather and Related Materials, ed. R Thompson, M Kite, Elsevier/Butterworth-Heinemann, Oxford 2005
Meeting the Montreal Protocol: Halon Replacements for Archives, Society of Archivists Journal volume 24 no. 2, 2002
Conservation Treatments for Parchment Documents, Society of Archivists Journal volume 16 no. 2 1995
The Nature & Treatment of Wax & Shellac Seals, Society of Archivists Journal volume 15 no. 2 1994