Diana Coop paper conservation

paper conservation

restoring art on paper and heritage documents

Art on paper and heritage documents can deteriorate or be damaged.

I bring back the joy and appreciation of your artwork or document:

art on paper, heritage documents, any work on paper.

Diana Coop Conservation

021 339 645


Diana Coop Conservation is a specialised paper conservation service based in Wellington, providing conservation treatments and consulting services to individuals, the gallery, library, archive, and museum sector, local authorities and government agencies throughout New Zealand.

conservation treatments

I undertake remedial treatments and restoration of works on paper including watercolours, prints, drawings, pencil, ink, crayon, charcoal, pastels, manuscripts, archival material, heritage documents, and photographs.

I also prepare any of these Works for digitisation projects or exhibitions.

Typical paper treatments:

general paper discolouration removal

surface dirt cleaning

spots, stains or foxing removal

mould removal

tear repairs

paper flattening

paper stabilisation

harmful acidic mounting board removal

damaging adhesives removal

double sided tape, Sellotape or masking tape removal

repairs, linings and infill losses to missing areas

retouching or toning to minimise the visual impact of damage

conservation mounting for framing

treatment process

Each treatment is individual and tailored. It is best to bring your work to the studio to discuss treatment options. For larger projects or for institutions I can work on-site.

If you can't personally bring your work this is generally how the process goes:

Contact me about treatment needed

You organise delivery to studio, and insurance of your work

I assesses your work. Note that off-site assessments will incur a call out fee

Treatment options given

Time and cost of treatment estimated

Treatment and payment options agreed

Terms and conditions signed before any treatment proceeds

You are kept up-to-date on treatment progress

Treatment/s completed

Post-treatment report and photography

Your work readied for return transport

Condition and treatment report, with before and after photos, and invoice sent to you

Your work returned as agreed

consultancy services

I have had many years experience in the management of heritage collections and providing conservation advice to government agencies and non-government organisations:

collection surveys and condition reports

prioritising preservation options

digitisation priorities and options

long term storage solutions

exhibition standards and recommendations

treatment priorities and options

Importantly I can offer best practice advice for the physical storage of items to meet the Records Management Standard for New Zealand Public Sector requirements.


I have over 25 years of hands-on experience in the conservation and care of a range of paper-based materials. These include works of cultural and national significance, and personal or family treasures and collections:

Frances Hodgkins

Treaty of Waitangi / Te Tiriti o Waitangi

Colin McCahon

Women’s Suffrage Petition 1893

Pablo Picasso

personal letters

family documents

genealogical records

I have worked as a professional paper conservator at major galleries, museums and archives in New Zealand and Australia. I also undertook an internship at the British Museum, Eastern Pictorial Conservation Section.

For a full resume refer to Diana Coop at LinkedIn.

professional qualifications

I am a professionally trained paper conservator, with an active role in the NZCCM, New Zealand Conservators of Cultural Materials Pu Manaaki Kahurangi.

Bachelor of Applied Science, Conservation of Cultural Materials (Paper) University of Canberra, Australia

President NZCCM

I have regularly updated my professional skills with courses:

Risk assessment for collections

Removal of pressure sensitive tapes

Conservation of colour photographs and digital prints

For full qualifications refer to Diana Coop at LinkedIn.

Diana Coop paper conservation