skip to content

Edward Cheese

Conservator of Manuscripts and Printed Books, Assistant Keeper

Edward Cheese is an Accredited Conservator specialising in the care and repair of western manuscripts and printed books.  He has an MA in English Literary Studies form the University of Durham, a Postgraduate Diploma in Book Conservation from West Dean College, West Sussex, and is a Queen Elizabeth Craft Scholar.  He worked at the Cambridge Colleges’ Conservation Consortium from 2006 until 2014 and led the unit as Conservation Manager for the last three of these years.  In 2015 he took up the post of Conservator of Manuscripts and Printed Books (Assistant Keeper) at the Fitzwilliam Museum.  


Research Interests

Materials and techniques of western book production; history of bookbinding c.1000-1850; conservation theory and practice, particularly in relation to objects with a mechanical function; history of libraries and collecting.


Recent/Major Publications

Digital Publications

‘Recovering and Re-covering: Conservation of a fifteenth-century bookbinding’, online at, February 2017

‘Conservation, collaboration and COLOUR at the Fitzwilliam Museum’, online at, December 2016.

‘Under The Covers: The conservation and rebinding of Fitzwilliam MS 251’, online at, July 2016.


‘Restoration and Conservation’, co-authored with Rebecca Honold, in Colour: The Art and Science of Illuminated Manuscripts, London and Turnhout: Harvey Miller/Brepols, 2016, 169-71.


‘Waters Rising’, book review for ICON News (April 2017).

 ‘Understanding Parchment’, in ICON News 48 (September 2013), 22-23.

‘Risk Management in Collections Care’, in ICON News 41 (July 2012), 25-26.

Papers (unpublished)

‘Beauty and Utility: Conservation of Rare Books and Manuscripts at the Consortium.’  ARCLIB Conference, ‘Beautiful Libraries’; July 2014.

‘Testament of the Unknown Craftsman: Book Conservation and Craft History.’  Emmanuel College Special Collections Lecture Series; November 2013.

‘Conservation, Collaboration and Use in Special Collections: Problems and Possibilities.’  ‘Sharing the Wonder: A Conference on Special Collections’, Queens’ College, Cambridge; September 2011.