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Chris Woods
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Chris Woods is an Accredited Conservator with 29 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 at the Tate Gallery, London. Chris has published, lectured and taught in a range of specialist fields, notably 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 BS/PD5454 Guide for the Storage and Exhibition of Archival Materials and BS4971 Repair & Allied Processes for the Conservation of Documents, Chris is also active in Europe, currently convenor of the task group working on the successor to 5454, New Sites & Buildings Intended for the Storage and Use of Cultural Heritage Collections.

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, its PACR accreditation scheme, HLF-funded Internship Bursary Scheme and 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