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My name is Katy Mugford. I am a conservator of art on paper – you can read more about what I do and my galley at my Art on Paper website.

This research formed part of my studies for a Masters by Research (MRes) in the Art Market and the History of Collecting. The Masters was with the University of Buckingham and the National Gallery, London with the support of a scholarship award from the Tavolozza Foundation, 2017 – 2018. 

I hope that by sharing my research, others will be able to enjoy some of the experience of investigative research, minus the hours hidden away in archives around the country. I hope to inspire others to have a go, and to share their findings. I loved finding out more about Henry Hill, the collector, and I am sure that the story is not yet complete. 

I have an MA in the History of Art (Distinction) from Birkbeck and a BA English/History of Art from the University of York. I have trained with a conservator of art on paper who has 20 years experience, and now combine theory and practical skills to run a small conservation studio.

I use my experience in research to help uncover information about works of art that I find. I work to give them a story if I can, whilst conserving them, and then listing them in my gallery to help them find a new home. 

It is important to me, that art, the history of art, and the stories that go with art, are accessible to everyone to enjoy. I hope that this website plays a part in this and that you enjoy exploring it. 

You can read a version of my dissertation on the Story of Henry Hill pages.