About our staff

The Borthwick Institute team includes archivists, conservators, digitisation specialists and customer service staff. 

If you'd like to get in touch, please use the contact details on our Contact us page in the first instance.

Keeper of Archives


Archive Conservators

Repairing a manuscript

The Conservation department is responsible for the physical care of the collections, and oversees the preservation and conservation of the archives.

This involves a range of roles, such as preparing items for access or exhibition, advice and training on handling and care, environmental monitoring, packaging, and the physical repair of the archives.

Materials treated within the department include paper and parchment documents, wax seals, bindings and maps and plans.


  • Alison Fairburn - Senior Archive Conservator
  • Catherine Dand - Archive Conservator
  • Tracy Wilcockson - Conservation Technician

Archive Assistants

The Archives Assistants have a responsibility for administration and service provision at the Borthwick. Their responsibilities include staffing the searchroom, production of original documents, answering enquiries, completing copying and publications requests and conducting paid research.

Beyond their core duties the Assistants are closely involved in running our website, maintaining our social media presence and outreach initiatives, amongst many other projects and tasks.

Archives Assistants:

  • Lydia Dean
  • Graham Hughes
  • Alexandra Medcalf
  • Nick Melia
  • Nathan Williams

Digitisation team

The Digitisation team create digital copies of material from the Library and Archives.

They are experienced in digitising a range of materials and working with a variety of digitisation equipment.

All members of the team are fully trained in the correct techniques for handling and digitising archives.

Digitisation team:

  • Elaine Harton
  • Nick Melia
  • Paul Shields
  • Chris Taylor

Archives Graduate Trainee

The trainee post is designed to provide practical experience of working in archives prior to undertaking a Masters programme in Archives and Records Management.

The trainee works closely with the Archive Assistants, Archivists and Conservators to gain a holistic grounding in archive work.

  • Rosie Denton