Meet the conservators

The Knole Conservation Studio is home to highly-skilled conservators, specialising in everything from upholstery to leather and picture frames. They will work on most items from Knole’s collection in the conservation studio. See them at work in the studio from Wednesday to Saturday every week.

Heather Porter in the Conservation Studio at Knole

Heather Porter 

Heather is a specialist in upholstery and joins Knole with a CV that would be any conservator’s dream. Heather now brings the benefit of her considerable experience to Knole where she has a particular interest in researching the original construction methods of the collection.

Gerry Alabone in the Conservation Studio at Knole

Gerry Alabone

Gerry joins Knole from the Tate Gallery where he was head of picture frames conservation between 2004 and 2016. The relationship between painting, frame and setting is often complicated, Gerry’s job is to assess the significance of a frame and make recommendations for its treatment. He also lectures part-time at the City and Guilds London Art School.

Carmen Vida in the Conservation Store at Knole

Carmen Vida

Carmen is an objects conservator, specialising in 3D objects such as wood, leather and metal. The ability to pass on her knowledge whilst interacting with visitors in this new, purpose built space is one of the most satisfying aspects of her role.

Judy Wetherall in the Conservation Studio at Knole

Judy Wetherall

Judy studied conservation at the City and Guilds of London Art School and, following periods in Italy and Germany, she set up her own conservation studio in 1977. She joined Knole last year and also lectures part-time at West Dean College in Sussex and works as a freelance conservator for the National Trust at Chartwell.