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Our professional team has wide ranging experience in all aspects of conservation and the heritage sector, providing a comprehensive service. Our spacious, fully insured premises comply with current Government Indemnity Standards. The studio has a purpose built laboratory area with dye and washing facilities and excellent natural light. Our flexible working space enables us to handle large scale treatments concurrently with smaller projects. We also have a tapestry conservation workroom and separate workshop facilities for the production of frames, display mounts and cabinets for museum objects.

Our History

After many years working as a museum based conservator, Zenzie Tinker left the V&A in 2003 to establish her freelance business from a spare room at home in Brighton. The business grew rapidly and soon required more space. The move to New England House in 2005 allowed the business to expand with more staff into larger premises. First one and then two studio spaces were acquired until in 2011 Zenzie Tinker expanded into larger premises that allowed dedicated washing facilities and lab area to be established. With these moves staff expertise and facilities have grown and developed into a thriving business now offering a wider range of conservation services, presentation and display.

Our People

Zenzie Tinker ACR

Zenzie Tinker

After a BA in the History of Design, Zenzie completed a three year apprenticeship in textile and tapestry conservation with Ksynia Marko in 1988 followed by the Museums Association Certificate in Textile Conservation in 1991. Zenzie worked as a conservator and senior conservator at the Museum of London and the Victoria & Albert Museum specialising in costume until 2003 when she left London to set up Zenzie Tinker Conservation in Brighton. Zenzie has served as an accreditation assessor for ICON for ten years and was also conservation advisor on the Heritage Volunteer Committee for the National Association of Decorative and Fine Arts Societies (NADFAS) until 2015. She has researched, taught and published widely on the use of adhesives for textile conservation.

Hazel Arnott

After a BSc in Archaeology from the University of York, Hazel undertook a three year apprenticeship in hand embroidery in 2002 at the Royal School of Needlework. In 2007 she completed an MA in the Conservation of Textile and Tapestries in Historic Interiors from the Royal College of Art/Victoria & Albert Museum in association with the Historic Royal Palaces. After working for the National Trust, Hazel joined Zenzie Tinker Conservation in 2009 staying for two years before working freelance in Australia. Hazel returned to the UK and rejoined us in 2014 combining conservation with teaching embroidery at the Royal School of Needlework.


Camilla Close-Brooks

minnyHaving previously studied and worked in fashion and costume design, and upholstery, Minny completed a BA in Conservation at Camberwell College of Arts in 2011 specialising in textile and paper conservation. Since joining Zenzie Tinker Conservation in 2011 she has expanded her expertise and abilities and is particularly interested in conserving mixed media objects.

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Anna Golebiowska

ania smallAnia graduated with an MA from the Faculty of Conservation and Restoration of Works of Art at the Academy of Fine Arts in Warsaw in 2014. During her studies Ania undertook several internships overseas including one at Zenzie Tinker Conservation in 2012. Ania returned to join our team in 2015 following her graduation and relocation to the UK.

Mira Karttila

miraFollowing an MA in History from the University of Tampere, Finland, Mira trained as a teacher before pursuing her interest in textile conservation at the Helsinki Metropolia University of Applied Sciences. After internships in Paris and Denmark Mira graduated in 2011 and then worked as a textile conservator for the National Board of Antiquities, Helsinki. In 2015 Mira completed a one year, ICON/HLF funded internship at Zenzie Tinker Conservation and has since returned to us as member of staff.

Geoffrey Major

Geoffrey Major

Working in fine art conservation for more than 40 years, Geoffrey trained as a paper conservator at the Art Gallery of New South Wales, Australia and both the Bodleian Library and Ashmolean Museum in Oxford. Geoffrey was Senior Paper Conservator and Head of Conservation at the National Gallery of Australia, Canberra where he worked for more than 15 years. In 2000 he established Museum Services Pty Ltd., a private conservation practice in Sydney specialising in modern and contemporary art. Geoffrey joined Zenzie Tinker Conservation in 2009 bringing a broad range of fine and decorative arts knowledge with extensive international exhibition experience. Geoffrey specialises in mixed media objects, modern paintings and works of art on paper. He also designs and builds bespoke museum cabinets and exhibition display mounts in our conservation workshop.

Jamie Robinson

jamie-photoJamie joined the team in October 2016 after completing a one year HLF/ICON funded internship at The Bowes Museum where she was able to pursue her interest in costume conservation. Jamie gained her undergraduate degree in Fine Art and History of Art from Edinburgh University in 2010 before studying towards her Masters degree in Textile Conservation at the Centre for Textile Conservation, University of Glasgow, graduating in 2015. She has undertaken a number of short placements and contracts in both museums and private studios, including Zenzie Tinker Conservation, and is delighted to have returned.


Christobel Sambrook ACR

ChrisChris graduated from Lincoln College Conservation and Restoration Studies course UK in 1981. She then worked as a conservator and senior conservator for more than 20 years at Hampton Court Palace working on the Royal Collection specialising in the conservation of tapestries, state beds and furnishings. During 1990 Chris spent a year as an intern at the Rocky Mountain Regional Conservation Centre, Denver, Colorado USA working on textiles and ethnographic material. She joined Zenzie Tinker Conservation in 2005.


Natalia Zagorska-Thomas

Natalia Zagorska-ThomasAfter graduating in Fine Art from Central & St Martins School of Art, Natalia completed an MA in Textile Conservation at the Textile Conservation Centre, Winchester in 2004. Since then she has worked for Zenzie Tinker Conservation and as a freelance conservator for the Victoria & Albert Museum, London; the Royal Academy, London; Royal Wawel Castle, Krakow and the Museum of Islamic Art, Doha, UAE. Recently she has been working for the State Ethnographic Museum, Warsaw, the Central Museum of Textiles, Lodz and for the Royal Collection, London on the exhibition of Queen Elizabeth II’s dresses for “Fashioning a Reign”. Natalia is also an artist and owner/curator of ExPurgamento Gallery in Camden Town.


Georgina Gilmore

After graduating with a BA in History of Art at Sussex University in 2003, Georgina worked for over 12 years at Brighton Museum & Art Gallery as a Curator with collections such as; Fashion & Textiles, Natural Sciences, World Art, Decorative Art, Fine Art and with the Learning team. With a keen interest in Conservation, she joined Zenzie Tinker Conservation in 2016 as our part-time Conservation Studio Programmer.