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After over 3 years at the Conservation Department of the Bodleian Library in Oxford, Makiko Tsunoda acquired an MA in Paper Conservation at Camberwell College of Arts, London, in 2011. Her research was concerned with an 18th-century album of drawings made using various media, part of the collection of the Ashmolean Museum, University of Oxford. She then carried out an internship at the University of California in Berkeley where she treated oversized chromolithograph posters as well as charcoal and pastel drawings. In 2012, she has carried out internships at conservation studios in Tokyo, including at the National Research Institute for Cultural Properties, where she deepened her knowledge of paper-based material.

Her current internship projects include the conservation of printed rare books (15th-18th centuries) from the Fitzwilliam Museum and research on a 16th-17th century Dutch illuminated manuscript with a serious iron gall ink corrosion problem. She has also assisted with the treatment of Persian manuscripts and helped install the exhibition Calligraphy Today.

In the future, she would particularly like to deepen her knowledge and skills in the conservation of early historical bindings, oriental material, and friable media on paper and parchment (e.g. natural chalk, pastel, and medieval pigments).

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