Samantha Cawson is a paper conservator, artist and curator. She recently graduated from Camberwell College of Arts with an MA in conservation, and holds a 1st class bachelors degree in photographic arts from the University of Westminster. During her undergraduate studies she was tutored by, Silke Lange, David Campany and David Bate as well as completing student placements at Ambika p3 and The Photographers’ Gallery where she worked under the leadership of senior curator at the time, Stefanie Braun.  As an artist and curator, Samantha is concerned with the inception of history, character interpretation and the exploration of objects.

This interest in engaging with the object has led Samantha to pursue a career as a conservator specialising in paper and photographic media. Samantha has worked with collections from a wide range of institutions in the UK and abroad including, The British Library, Teylers Museum, and The Royal Collection Trust.


2015:  University of Leicester, School of Museum Studies:  Behind the Scenes at the 21st Century Museum

2015: Morley College, London: Bookbinding

2014: West Dean College, Sussex: Professional Conservators in Practice, Conservation of Photographs

2012-2014: Camberwell College of Art, London: MA Conservation

2008-2011: University of Westminster, London: BA (Hons) Photographic Arts

Conservation and Archival Work Experience: 

2017: The British Library, London

2015: The National Archives, London

2015: Hoxton Hall, London

2015: The Centre for Research Collections,  Edinburgh

2014: Fotorestauratie Atelier VOF, Harlengen/Amsterdam

2014: National Conservation Service, London

2014: Stadsarchief, Amsterdam

2014: Teylers Museum, Haarlem

2013-2014: The Victoria and Albert Museum, London

2013: The Royal Collection Trust, Windsor

2013: The Children’s Society Archives, London

2012: Horniman Museum and Gardens, London

Curatorial Work Experience:

2015: Moray House School of Education, Edinburgh

2011: Margate Photography Festival, Margate

2010: The Photographers’ Gallery, London

2010: Ambika p3, London


2017: Arcana: An Exhibition of Tarot, The Crypt Gallery, London

2015: An Exhibition in a Day, Moray House School of Education, Edinburgh

2012: Telling Stories, Hastings Museum, Hastings

2011: The Trace, Margate Photography Festival, Margate

2011: University of Westminster Photography Degree Show, The Old Truman Brewery, London

Scholarships and Bursary Awards:

2016: Clothworkers Foundation, CPD Bursary

2014: York Consortium, The York Foundation for Conservation and Craftmanship

2014: Zibby Garnett Travelling Fellowship

2014: QEST

2013: Anna Plowden Trust

2013: York Consortium, The York Foundation for Conservation and Craftsmanship

2013: The Drapers’ Company, Sir William Boreman’s Foundation