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Puneeta Sharma, a paper conservation intern at Dublin’s Chester Beatty Library, has become the 100th Scholar to receive a travel grant from The Zibby Garnett Travel Fellowship. Miss Sharma’s milestone came during the Trust’s 2015 award selection for conservation students who wish to expand their knowledge of conservation overseas. Originally from Hayes in Middlesex, Puneeta will be able to travel to Biblioteca in Montefiascone in Italy to attend a workshop on recreating medieval palette pigments given by renowned conservator Cheryl Porter.

“I am absolutely honoured and delighted to be the 100th scholar for the Zibby Garnett Travel Fellowship.” said Puneeta. “The workshop, Re-creating the Medieval Palette, will allow me to study pigments used by artists throughout the medieval era, with some focus on Islamic and European manuscript art.”

The practical sessions give the opportunity to reproduce and use the colours made to original recipes. This will allow Puneeta to gain a better understanding of the chemistry of pigments and aid her work as a conservator when identifying pigments in manuscripts, choosing the most appropriate treatments. Puneeta applied to the Zibby Garnett Travel Fellowship having completed an MA in the Conservation of Art on Paper from Camberwell College of Arts. She had previously gained experience at the National Archives at Kew, the V&A, the Wellcome Collection and the Stanley Kubrick Archive.

David Garnett, the founder of The Zibby Garnett Travel Fellowship said: “In just fifteen years, The Zibby Garnett Travel Fellowship has sent 100 candidates – all of them aspiring conservators of artefacts, historic buildings or historic landscapes – to countries all over the world to broaden their specialist practical skills. They all return home fired with enthusiasm and energy.

“These travel scholarships, made possible through the generosity of donors, are becoming widely known and are without doubt boosting the Scholars’ chances of finding good jobs after qualifying.
“The Trustees find it hugely rewarding to know that in this way traditional techniques which might otherwise be lost are being passed on while at the same time the Scholars are broadening their professional skills and their life experiences.”

There were eight other award winners this year. Types of study and destination varied from wall painting conservation in Nepal, the practice of conservation on an archaeological site in Tanzania and stained glass conservation in Mumbai in India. A total of £10,200 was awarded this year.