Works Undertaken

Tony has undertaken commissions for the Jordanian Royal family, The Khalidi Library in Jerusalem, The Admirality Library, The Royal College of Psychiatrists and Tate Britain.

Other works include conservation for unique libraries and private collections, family history centres and bibles from churches, Masonic Lodges and individual families.

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Tony began his conservation career in the 1960s.
During his bookbinding apprenticeship he studied at Brighton College of Art and Crafts with John Plummer.
In 1968 he was appointed the first conservator at the East Sussex Record Office and was responsible for creating a new conservation department.
From there he moved to the Royal Greenwich Observatory in 1980 where again, he was responsible for establishing a new conservation department. When in 1984 the archives moved from Herstmonceux Castle in Sussex, Tony joined the Welcome Trust as Head of Preservation and Conservation.
Tony has been presented with many challenges, including undertaking meticulous practical work on important manuscripts and books housed in the Welcome Library's rich and wide collections of material on paper, papyrus, palm leaves, bone, precious metals, parchment and historical binding structures.
As a result of his own practical experiences, Tony has made it his mission to encourage the professional development of conservators and is well known for his involvement in the provision of training opportunities for new and established conservators. This is also evident in his work for the professional membership bodies, the Society of Archivists and the Institute of Conservation, where he played an active role in the accreditation scheme for professional conservator-restorers.
He has successfully integrated old school values with new school ideas, a rare ability, as well as managing the increasing conservation and preservation requirements, including exhibition and collection care needs. He has helped ensure the successful promotion of many library collections by advising on the preservation, display, security and the transportation of exhibition material.

Tony's long service to conservation was formally recognised by his peers with the award of a Fellowship to the International Institute for Conservation of Historic and Artistic works and is an accredited member of the Institute of Conservation.


Tony is available to undertake personal commissions or contracts for larger series of works.
All estimates are undertaken free of charge. Please contact Tony Bish for further advice and information.

Tony Bish at work