Founded 1943

BAPCR Christmas party and evening talk – Friday 5th December

Art Workers’ Guild, 6 Queens’ Square, London, WC1N 3AT

Materials, Techniques and Conservation of Portrait Miniatures

A Talk by Alan Derbyshire


Alan Derbyshire graduated with a B.Sc. in Physics from UMIST before going on to study Paper Conservation at Gateshead Technical College. Alan is Head of Paper, Books and Paintings Conservation at the Victoria and Albert Museum. He specialises in the conservation of portrait miniatures and has written, taught and lectured extensively on their conservation.  Articles on portrait miniatures include ‘Pigment Analysis of Portrait Miniatures Using Raman Microscopy’ Journal of Raman Spectroscopy No. 30 1999; ‘Developments in the field of Portrait Miniature Conservation’ A.Derbyshire, N.Frayling and C.Ronnerstam. Restauratorenblätter 21 pp 53-61 2000 and ‘Sixteenth – century portrait miniatures: key methodologies for a holistic approach’ A.Derbyshire, T.Tallian, N.Frayling, in ‘Art of the Past Sources and Reconstructions’ Archetype Publications, London, 2005.



Places are limited and tickets should be bought in advance for catering purposes. The price includes the talk and a buffet.


£15 to members of the BAPCR
£20 for non-members


You can pay for your tickets by:

- Cheque (pounds sterling) – payable to the BAPCR and posted to: BAPCR, 4 Caburn Crescent, Lewes, East Sussex, BN7 1NR

- BACS transfer – NatWest, Sort code: 53 50 33, Account number: 5300 0757   

-  PayPal - You will need an existing Paypal account or you can set up a new Paypal Account via When making payment, follow the instructions online. Click on “Send money” tab. Enter  when prompted  (PLEASE ADD £1 TO YOUR FEE TO COVER THE PAYPAL CHARGES THAT WE INCUR)

Please email Gemma Collins, BAPCR Secretary at with you name and email address details when you pay for your tickets.

It will be possible to join the BAPCR at the door:
Associate membership  £55
Student membership  £20 (free for first year)




The British Association of Paintings Conservator-Restorers works hard to promote and foster the practice of paintings conservation in the UK and around the world. We are the professional organization for conservator-restorers of paintings, and have members internationally.

Membership is restricted to practising restorers, conservation scientists, students on recognized training courses and trainees in private studios. More experienced restorer members can have applied for Fellowship, our professional qualification. Fellows would be expected to have an advanced level of competence, as well as suitable premises, sound business practice and general immersion in the field. A representative cross-section of their work was also inspected by examiners appointed by the Council of the BAPCR.

The BAPCR administers a scheme for public enquirers, to direct them to existing Fellows in their area (see ‘Find a Restorer’). They can then be confident that their artworks are in the hands of an accredited practitioner. Members receive our twice-yearly journal, the Picture Restorer, now in its twenty-second year of publication, and attend regular meetings with a guest speaker at the Art Workers Guild in Central London.