Conservation Service Staff



Photograph of Beth Werrett

Beth Baker - Senior Conservator, ACR

I initially studied Art History at the Courtauld Institute of Art continuing to complete an MSc in Conservation for Archaeology and Museums at UCL. Previously employed by both the Wallace Collection and the Science Museum in London I moved to Wiltshire Council Conservation and Museums Advisory Service (CMAS) in 2009.

As Senior Conservator at CMAS I coordinate the Conservation Services working with a broad range of clients from across the heritage sector. Focussing on long term collections sustainability I support our clients; providing innovative solutions for conservation issues through advice, training, preventive and remedial conservation services. My current areas of specialism are archaeology and social history, in particular hazardous materials in objects.

Gabrielle Flexer - Conservator

I completed my training in conservation to Masters level at Durham University achieving a Distinction. I have been working with the CMAS team since graduation, gaining experience in working with a wide range of materials and project types. My particular interests are in natural history and ethnographic objects and I am currently undertaking research into the treatment of plastics and conservation applications of 3D printing.

As an objects Conservator I work alongside CMAS team members to provide expert interventive conservation treatments as well as a range of consultant services including condition assessments for funding grants, collection surveys, environmental and pest monitoring and training for paid-staff and volunteers in many areas of conservation and collection management.


Sarah Volter - Senior Archives Conservator

I studied paper conservation at Camberwell College of Arts and I have previously worked in conservation at Flintshire Record Office.

I joined the archives conservation team in April 2012 and my role as senior conservation officer involves the preservation and repair of a range of archival materials, ensuring correct storage and environmental conditions, providing advice and delivering training sessions on how to care for archives collections.                  

Every item in need of repair is unique and presents different challenges, from mould damaged documents and pest nibbled papers to nasty old repairs involving sellotape. There is always something new to learn as new ideas and techniques are often introduced, this and the variety of the work keep it interesting.

What I love most about archival collections are their ability to provide such valuable information and an insight into people’s lives and the history of a place.

Mervin Grist

Mervyn Grist - Archives Conservator

I am now in my 30th year as assistant conservator in the Heritage Services within the Wiltshire & Swindon History Centre. My in-house training was under the supervision and tutorship of the Senior Conservator. As a native of Wiltshire I am passionate about safeguarding the county's history and feel privileged to have a career in which I am actively participating in the preservation of its unique archive.

Prior to conservation I pursued a joint career in Fine Art / Design and the theatre.

Rachel Gough - Business Support

I have been working for the Conservation Service since July 2007. This involves general admin duties such as keeping databases up to date and sourcing and ordering the materials and equipment that the Conservators need to do their job, but does involve some practical work such as photography. Ever since my first visit to the old Record Office at Trowbridge in 1978 when I started to research my family history, I thought it would be fantastic to work in that environment but never dreamed I would have that opportunity. My patience has been rewarded and I have not been disappointed.