Training and Experience

Paul is an Accredited Conservator of the Institute of Conservation with over 30 years' experience, gaining his Diploma in Book and Archive Conservation in 1986 from Colchester Institute, Essex.

He was awarded Accredited Conservator-Restorer (ACR) status by the Institute of Conservation in the UK in 2004.

Paul trained at the National Archives, Kew in London under Don Gubbins, the Conservator who was responsible for the re-binding of the Domesday Book when it was repaired in 1986.  

Between 1986 and 2004 Paul worked as a Book and Archive Conservator for several institutions including:

  • The University of Lancaster, Lancaster, UK
  • The John Rylands Library, Manchester, UK
  • Canterbury Cathedral Archives, Canterbury, Kent, UK

In January 2004 he became the inaugural Preservation Manager for Auckland Council Libraries in New Zealand and was responsible for setting up their Conservation Unit and establishing their Preservation Policies, including Disaster Preparedness.  

Paul and his wife and co-director, Terry Bowden, established Spiral Path Book Studio Ltd in August 2005 as a private company undertaking book and paper conservation and became full time in December 2006.

Professional Ethics

As a company we are committed to the care of cultural heritage. All our work complies with international best practice – the European Confederation of Conservator-Restorers Professional Standards and ICON’s Code of Conduct and Professional Standards.

The benefits of using an accredited Conservator-Restorer include the assurance that the individual will work to best practice, is committed to on-going learning, adheres to a professional code of ethics and has proven responsibility for the care of cultural heritage.

All our bindings and boxes are hand made using the highest quality materials and all adhesives used are conservation grade, pH neutral and reversible.

We aim to preserve as much original material and as much of the integrity of the original item as possible so all original material will be kept and re-used where possible.