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Lesley Jane Durbin

Tile Conservator
Jackfield Conservation Studio specialising in architectural ceramics

Lesley Durbin, began working in conservation in 1983 and is Senior Conservator in The Jackfield Conservation Studio, based at Jackfield Tile Museum, Ironbridge, UK. She has worked in the conservation of architectural ceramics for over thirty years. Since forming The Jackfield Conservation Studio in 1990 her work has covered conservation and restoration of architectural tile schemes from the medieval through to the modern periods.

Biography

Lesley Durbin, began working in conservation in 1983 and is Senior Conservator in The Jackfield Conservation Studio, based at Jackfield Tile Museum, Ironbridge, UK.  She has worked in the conservation of architectural ceramics for over thirty years. She holds Accredited Membership of the Institute for Conservation (ACR), and has acted as a reviewer for the Getty Institute in Los Angeles. Lesley has regularly lectured on tile conservation throughout her career to a wide variety of audiences. She was responsible for the successful completion of the Royal Doulton Frieze, "Pottery through the Ages" by Gilbert Bayes, now on permanent display at the Victoria & Albert Museum, London, which subsequently won the National Art Collection Fund Prize.
Since forming The Jackfield Conservation Studio in 1990 her work has covered   conservation and restoration of architectural tile schemes from the medieval through to the modern periods.
The Jackfield Conservation Studio has worked with English Heritage on their maintenance programme for medieval tiles, and has completed a lengthy agenda of conservation for the Supreme Court of Ontario, Osgoode Hall, Toronto, as well as work in both the House of Lords and Commons at the Palace of Westminster.

Areas of Research / Professional Expertise

    Architectural tiles is a broad subject, the primary aim of conservation  is to bring together an understanding of the history of tiles, their setting and manufacture and how that impacts our understanding not only how to approach conservation but also to what extent we should conserve or restore this important symbols of human migration, artistic and technical innovation under one cover.
    The key message is about understanding historic materials and technologies. Architectural tiles are part of the living heritage of our surroundings, tiles can be at the same time  important artworks and disposal items of changing fashions in interior design and technology, we can recognise and enjoy both aspects of this amazing resource.  

Personal Interests

    Lesley's personal interests include painting, writing, gardening, and working in the community to improve our natural environment with particular attention to providing habitat for flora and fauna.

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Books

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 Featured Title - Architectural Tiles 2E DURBIN - 1st Edition book cover

News

Ceramic Building Materials lectures

By: Lesley Jane Durbin

Lesley Durbin ACR

CERAMIC BUILDING MATERIALS Lecture    29-30 May 2015

Venue: Jackfield Tile Museum, Ironbridge, Telford, Shropshire TF8 7LJ

For further details contact Harriet Devlin ([email protected])

The weekend programme covers all aspects of ceramic conservation in building including tiles, terracotta and brick.

TACS Committee

By: Lesley Jane Durbin

Lesley has recently joined the committee of the UK Tiles and Architectural Ceramics Society as their conservation advisor