Graham originally trained at the Public Records Office in London. After ten years of archival conservation in the civil service, he undertook a diploma course in Prints & Drawings Restoration at Camberwell College of Arts.

His first studio was set up in 1981, he moved to a larger premise in 1986 and then to the current location in Coronet Street in 1993.

Facilities & key techniques

The studio has the capacity, assistants and space to deal with large projects, be they single large items or entire collections. They have a large suction table and sinks, fume extraction hood, assorted presses and drying methods and use the best materials to the highest museum standards. They comply with ICON’s code of practice.

The team

Anna Sabartes joined the studio in 1996 as a full time assistant. She gained a BA in Fine Art (Restoration) in Barcelona, 1988-1992. She later trained at Camberwell College of Art, gaining an MA in Paper Conservation 1996-1997.

Tanya Malachovskaja gained a painting degree at Belarus State College of Art in 2007. She also completed a one-year course in mosaic and fresco restoration at the Belarusian Academy of Arts Monumental Faculty. Tanya joined the studio as a trainee assistant in 2008.

Ian Macdonald gained a Diploma in Art & Design (integrated design) 1974, and has worked as a general assistant for both paper conservation and letterpress printing since 1993.

Graham is listed on the Institute of Conservation Register of Accredited Conservators ICON.

  • Graham Bignell
  • Anna Sabartes
  • Tanya Malachovskaja
  • Ian Macdonald
  • The team

    Graham Bignell
    Anna Sabartes
    Tanya Malachovskaja
    Ian Macdonald
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