Conservation By Design Reveals 2014 Scholarship Winner

Julie Tyrlik


Elizabeth Ralph



Conservation By Design (CXD) has announced that Julie Tyrlik, a second year student from the Institut National du Patrimoine in Paris, France, is the lucky recipient of this years coveted Nicholas Hadgraft Memorial Scholarship.

The renowned scholarship, which is now in its 10th year, offers one conservator each year the opportunity to learn more about unique bookbinding techniques from a host of well known and highly regarded tutors at the acclaimed Montefiascone Book Conservation Summer School in Italy.

Julie, who has previously interned at Villa Medicis in Rome under the tuition of Paolo Dotti, intends to use her scholarship to attend three of the courses - Semi-limp Parchment Binding styles with Anne Hillam, 12th Century English Limp Tawed Skin Binding with Jim Bloxham and Shaun Thompson, and Embroidered Turkish Binding with Kristine Rose and Gaia Petrella.

She commented: "I am conscious that having knowledge of bookbinding structures can be important for book conservation, and that practice is the best way to develop a better understanding of them.

"I am really interested by the approach the Summer School offers by allowing us to recreate some structures. Everything we do will be based on an attentive observation. This will help me to learn the skills used by ancient bookbinders and provide a better appreciation of the technics."

Julie will receive £1,500 towards the cost of attending the Summer School, which takes place over four weeks in July and August in the medieval town of Montefiascone, Italy.

Conservation By Designs Dirk Hendrickx, added: "Every year we continue to be astounded by the quality of the applications we receive, and this year has been no exception. The scholarship is now so highly regarded within the conservation sector that we are receiving interest from all over the globe.

"In fact, the entries this year were so impressive that, for the second year running, we have decided to award a runner-up prize too. Elizabeth Ralph, a trainee book conservator from Cornwall, demonstrated considerable skill and passion for her craft, so we are delighted to invite her to attend her preferred course at the summer school."

The scholarship is offered in memory of Dr Nicholas Hadgraft, a good friend of Conservation By Design who died tragically in 2004. Nicholas was a fellow of the University of the Arts London and a key collaborator on the "Squelch Drying" technique devised by Stuart Welch (the founder of CXD), the most effective way to date of drying valuable rare books.



For further information on the Nicholas Hadgraft Memorial Scholarship, contact Conservation By Design on 01234 846 300



2013 Winner

Élodie Lévêque, a book and manuscript conservator from Montpellier, France

Élodie Lévêque

Élodie Lévêque, a book and manuscript conservator from Montpellier, France




Carina Cruz Fuentes

Runner up, Carina Cruz Fuentes, Book and Photography Conservator from Mexico.
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2012 Winner

Shaun Thompson, Bookbinder at Cambridge University Library

Shaun Thompson

Bookbinder at Cambridge University Library from of Bury St Edmunds, UK

2011 Winner

Bohuslava Ticha, Book and paper conservator from the Czech Republic

Bohuslava Ticha

Book and paper conservator from the Czech Republic
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About the Conservation Summer School Scholarship

In remembrance of Dr Nicholas Hadgraft, a dear friend of Conservation By Design Limited we decided to offer an annual "Nicholas Hadgraft Scholarship". The scholarship is an award of £1,500 towards the cost of attending the Montefiascone Book Conservation Summer School held each year in the Medieval Hill Town of Montefiascone.

Conservation By Design managing director, Dirk Hendrickx, said: "The Nicholas Hadgraft Memorial Scholarship is now so highly regarded within the conservation sector that we receive interest from people all over the globe, who are keen to grasp this wonderful opportunity. Every year we are astounded by the quality of the applications we receive."

"The summer school presents a unique opportunity for its delegates to form new friends, share knowledge and a love of precious books and bookbinding in a stunning setting. With such a prestigious prize on offer, were sure well encourage students, conservators and book binders to enter.

Nicholas was a regular tutor at Montefiascone from its beginnings and took great pleasure imparting his knowledge and sharing his love of books and bookbinding with like minded individuals.

The courses coincide with the towns wine festival which offers a wonderful atmosphere for social interaction alongside study and gaining new skills. We hope the scholarship is a fitting tribute and allows the worthy recipient to share what Nicholas enjoyed so much about Montefiascone.


Previous Winners

2010 Winner

Rachel Sawicki, book conservation intern at The Chester Beatty Library in Dublin

Rachel Sawicki

Book conservation intern at The Chester Beatty Library in Dublin
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2009 Winner

Louise Robertson, a paper conservator at The Glasgow School of Art in Scotland

Louise Robertson,

Paper conservator at The Glasgow School of Art in Scotland
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2008 Winner

E. Betul Cakirca, a paper conservator at Istanbul Muftulugu, Seri Siciller and Mesihat Archive in Turkey

E. Betul Cakirca

Paper conservator at Istanbul Muftulugu, Seri Siciller and Mesihat Archive in Turkey.
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2007 Winner

2007 Scholarship winner

Alexandrea Cattanea,

UK based Conservator.
Click here to read Alexandrea Cattaneas review of the Montefiascone Summer School.
Or, click here for more information on the course.

2006 Winner

Rachel Lloyd, UK 2006 Scholarship Winner

Rachel Lloyd,

UK based Conservator.
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2005 Winner

Marieka Kaye, USA based Conservator

Marieka Kaye,

USA based Conservator.
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