Velson Horie BSc, FMA, FIIC, ACR, MAPM

Velson with the Manchester Morris Men
May Day 2005

Velson Horie is a consultant to clients in the UK and abroad on the care of collections - with the aim of ensuring that users can use these collections, both now and in the future. He is experienced in integrating the many contributory activities: from the care for an individual object, through storage and display techniques, building specification and maintenance, management structures, fund raising, training, and planning for needs and capability across institutions.

Velson is a strategic planner with an international reputation, project managing and delivering a wide range of projects, from collaborative research to professional accreditation to a £21m building development. All these required, and benefited from, multi-disciplinary teams, focused on quality improvements with clear public benefits, underpinned by a commitment to motivation and development of people. He is an experienced conservator and collections manager, with considerable achievements in consultancy, innovation, research, publication, teaching and professional activity. He initiated professional standards for conservators now adopted across the profession.

His hobbies include maintaining intangible heritage, Morris dancing, and contributing to professional organisations.

Velson is a Fellow of the Museum Association, Treasurer of the International Institute for Conservation, an Accredited Conservation-Restorer, and a full Member of the Association of Project Management.

Curriculum Vitae

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Publications

1. Books and journals

  1. J.Cronyn and C.V.Horie, St.Cuthbert's Coffin: History, Technology and Conservation, Dean and Chapter of Durham Cathedral (1985).
  2. C.V.Horie, Materials for Conservation- Adhesives, consolidants and lacquers, Butterworths (1987), second edition (2010)
  3. C.V.Horie ed., Natural History Conservation (the Newsletter of the Working Group on Natural History Collections, International Council of Museums-Conservation Committee) issues 1 (with F.Howie) (1986), 2-6 (1987-1991), 7 (with R.Waller) (1992)
  4. C.V.Horie & R.G.Murphy eds., Conservation of Natural History Specimens - Vertebrates, Department of Environmental Biology and Manchester Museum (Manchester University) (1988)
  5. Editorial Board of Elsevier (Butterworths) Series on Conservation and Museology (1988-present)
  6. C.V.Horie ed., Conservation of Natural History Specimens - Spirit Collections Department of Environmental Biology and Manchester Museum (Manchester University) (1989)
  7. Editorial board of Studies in Conservation, journal of the International Institute for Conservation (1990-1994)
  8. C.V.Horie & D.Kenyon, Chemistry for Conservators (Distance Learning Programme), International Academic Projects (1990-present)
  9. N.S.Allen, M.Edge & C.V.Horie eds., Polymers in Conservation Royal Society of Chemistry (1992)
  10. C.V.Horie ed., Conservation of Decorative Art UKIC and Archetype (1999)
  11. C.V.Horie & A.Tzanne eds., Conservation Dictionary, PK Net International (2001)
  12. Editorial board of The Conservator, journal of The Institute of Conservation (ex UKIC) (2002 -2008,deputy editor 2004-2008)
  13. C.V.Horie ed., Advances in Paper Conservation Research, British Library (2009)

2. Papers - museum environmentback to top

  1. C.V.Horie, Solar control films for reducing light levels in buildings with daylight, in Conservation within Historic Buildings, N.S.Brommelle, G.Thomson and P.Smith eds., IIC (1980) 49-54
  2. C.V.Horie and D.M.Francis, A pilot study of moisture vapour transmission rate through Stewart's plastic boxes, Conservation News 23 (1984) 13-14
  3. C.V.Horie, Not quite self-filling humidifiers, Conservation News 24 (1984) 16-17
  4. C.V.Horie, Conservation and Storage: Decorative Art, in Manual of Curatorship, ed. J.M.A.Thompson, Butterworths (1984) 277-288
  5. C.V.Horie, Preventative Conservation in Museums- a review, Conservation News 28 (1985) 44
  6. C.V.Horie & A.Millward, Lighting the new Egyptian Galleries at the Manchester Museum, in Lighting in Museums, Galleries and Historic Houses (preprints) 119-122, Museums Association (1987)
  7. Velson Horie, J. Barry, Solvent resistance of marking inks.. Conservation News 41 (1990 March) 11-12
  8. C.V.Horie, Storage improvements to Manchester's mummies, in Preprints of "Conservation of Ancient Egyptian Materials" Bristol December 1988, United Kingdom Institute for Conservation (1988)
  9. C.V.Horie, Conservation and storage: leather objects, in Manual of Curatorship 2nd edn., ed. J.M.A.Thompson, Butterworths (1992) 340-346

3. Papers - archaeological conservationback to top

  1. C.V.Horie, The consolidative reduction of lead, Conservation News 12 (1980) 9-10
  2. C.V.Horie, review of "First Aid for Marine Finds", W.S.Robinson (1981), Conservation News 15 (1981) 10
  3. C.V.Horie and J.A.Vint, Chalconatronite, a by-product of conservation?, Studies in Conservation 29 (1982) 185-186
  4. C.V.Horie, Scalpel attachment for vibrotool, Conservation News 18 (1983) 7
  5. C.V.Horie, Fibre optic illuminators, Conservation News 21 (1983) 8
  6. Velson Horie, St Cuthbert and his Coffin, Popular Archaeology, October 1986, 7
  7. J.M.Cronyn & C.V.Horie, The Anglo-Saxon Coffin - further investigations, in St.Cuthbert, His Cult and Community to 1200, eds. D.Rollason, G.Bonner & C.Stancliffe, Boydell & Brewer (1989) 247-256
  8. T.Ramussen & C.V.Horie, Etruscan incised impasto: a case of partial authenticity, in Proceedings of Third Congress on Ancient Greek and Related Pottery, ed. J.Christiansen and T.Melander, Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek (1988) 478-485
  9. C.V.Horie, Conservation treatments: Technology, perception and fashion, in Konserveringsmidler & Konservergsmethoder [Consolidants and Conservation Methods], F.Hanseen-Bauer & K Kollandsrud eds, NFK-N (1997) 7-18

4. Papers - natural history specimen conservationback to top

  1. C.V.Horie, Sealing of Museum Jars, Conservation News 20 (1983) 13-14
  2. C.V.Horie, Renovation of the Bird Gallery at Manchester Museum- Conservation aspects, Biology Curator's Group Newsletter 3 (1983) 331-8
  3. C.V.Horie, Deterioration of fur, Conservation News 21 (1983) 9
  4. P.J.Ashley and C.V.Horie, A list of birds with known feather colourant systems, Biological Curator's Group Newsletter 3 pt.8 (1984)
  5. R.Garner and C.V.Horie, The conservation and restoration of microscope slides of mosses, Studies in Conservation 29 (1984) 93-99
  6. P.Hanacziwskyj, C.V.Horie & C.A.Shuttleworth, Deterioration of natural history specimens, Guild of Taxidermists Newsletter 14 (1985) 9-11
  7. C.V.Horie Conservation and the Specimen, in Natural History Conservation no. 1 (April 1986) 4-5.
  8. C.V.Horie Describing the Condition of Mounted Animals, in Natural History Conservation no. 2 (August 1987) 4-5
  9. P.Hanacziwskyj, C.V.Horie & C.A.Shuttleworth, Taxidermy treatments and their effect on tensile properties of skin, in Proceedings of 'Leather-Its composition and changes with time', ed. C.Calnan & B.Haines, Leather Conservation Centre (1991) 51-55
  10. P.Hanacziwskyj, C.V.Horie & C.A.Shuttleworth, Effects of taxidermy treatments on DSC behaviour of deer skin collagen, in Proceedings of 'Leather-its composition and changes with time', ed. C.Calnan & B.Haines, Leather Conservation Centre (1991) 56-59
  11. C.V.Horie, Damage to Skin and Bone, in Conservation of Natural History Specimens - Vertebrates, eds. C.V.Horie & R.G.Murphy, Department of Environmental Biology and Manchester Museum (Manchester University) (1988) 27-39
  12. C.V.Horie, Treatment for deteriorated specimens, in Conservation of Natural History Specimens - Vertebrates, eds. C.V.Horie & R.G.Murphy, Department of Environmental Biology and Manchester Museum (Manchester University) (1988) 49-62
  13. P.Hanacziwskyj, C.V.Horie & C.A.Shuttleworth, Hydrothermal Isometric tension apparatus and application to the study of thermal stability of preserved red deer skin, J.Society Leather Technologists and Chemists 73 (1989) 105-109
  14. C.V.Horie, Priorities for the conservation of natural history collections, Natural History Conservation 4 (1989) 3-5
  15. C.V.Horie, Deterioration of skin in museum collections, Polymer Degradation and Stability 29 (1990) 109-133
  16. C.V.Horie, Fading of feathers by light, in Proceedings 9th triennial meeting of ICOM-Conservation Committee, Dresden 1990, (1990) 431-436
  17. C.V.Horie, Preservation of natural macromolecules, in eds. N.S.Allen, M.Edge & C.V.Horie, Polymers in Conservation Royal Society of Chemistry (1992) 32-46
  18. C.V.Horie, Evidence to the House of Lords Select Committee on Science and Technology, Systematic Biology Research HL Paper 41 (1990-91) 100-103
  19. P.Hanacziwskyj, C.V.Horie & C.A.Shuttleworth, Age related changes in red deer skin, Part 1 Tensile properties, J.Society Leather Technologists and Chemists 77 (1993) 179-182
  20. C.V.Horie, Conservation in Europe, in eds. C.L.Rose, S.L.Williams & J.Gisbert, in International Symposium and First World Congress on the Preservation and Conservation of Natural History Collections 10-15 May 1992, Congress Book vol.3 Consejería de Educación y Cultura (1993) 189-197
  21. C.V.Horie, Do they do it better anywhere else?, in Conserviering van naturhistorische collecties, Centraal Laboratorium voor Onderzoek van Voorwerpen van Kunst en Wetenschap (1994) 97-114
  22. P.Hanacziwskyj, C.V.Horie & C.A.Shuttleworth, Age related changes in red deer skin, Part 2: Role of oxygen J.Society Leather Technologists and Chemists 78 (1993) 23-25
  23. G.Clelland, V.Horie & I.Wallace, Targeting collection care: costing and targeting collection care in northwest England, in eds. J.R.Nudds & C.W.Pettit The Value and Valuation of Natural Science Collections, Geological Society (1997) 222-226
  24. C.V.Horie expert group member for, Standards in the Museum Care of Biological Collections, C.Paine ed., Museums & Galleries Commission (1992)

5. Papers - audio-visual materials conservationback to top

  1. C.V.Horie and K.Howarth, review of The Preservation and Restoration of Sound Recordings, J.McWilliams (1979), J.Soc.Archivists 6 (1981) 512-514
  2. C.V.Horie, Ethics in the Conservation of Audio-visual Archives, in Newsletter of the International Association of Sound Archives (UK Branch) no.12 (Spring 1986) p.9
  3. N.S.Allen, M.Edge, J.H.Appleyard, T.S.Jewitt, C.V.Horie & D.Francis, Degradation of historic cellulose triacetate cinematographic film: The Vinegar Syndrome, Polymer Degradation and Stability 19 (1987) 379-387
  4. M.Edge, N.S.Allen, J.H.Appleyard, T.S.Jewitt & C.V.Horie, Cellulose Acetate: an archival polymer falls apart, in Preprints of "Modern Organic Materials" Edinburgh, Scottish Society for Conservation and Restoration (1988), 67-70
  5. N.S.Allen, M.Edge, J.H.Appleyard, T.S.Jewitt, C.V.Horie & D.Francis, Acid-catylised hydrolytic degradation of historic cellulose triacetate cinematographic film : The Vinegar Syndrome, in Proceedings of 'Water Borne and Higher Solids Coatings Symposium' New Orleans (1988) Organised by the University of Southern Mississippi and the Southern Society for Coatings Technology.
  6. N.S.Allen, M.Edge, J.H.Appleyard, T.S.Jewitt & C.V.Horie, The nature of the degradation of archival cellulose-ester base motion picture film: The case for stabilisation, J. Photographic Science 36 (1988) 34-39
  7. N.S.Allen, M.Edge, J.H.Appleyard, T.S.Jewitt & C.V.Horie, Degradation of historic cellulose triacetate cinematograph film: Influence of various film parameters and prediction of archival life, J.Photographic Science 36 (1988) 194-198
  8. N.S.Allen, M.Edge, J.H.Appleyard, T.S.Jewitt & C.V.Horie, Degradation of cellulose triacetate cinematograph film: Prediction of archival life, Polymer Degradation and Stability 23 (1988) 43-50
  9. N.S.Allen, M.Edge, J.H.Appleyard, T.S.Jewitt, C.V.Horie & D.Francis, Acid-catalysed degradation of historic cellulose triacetate cinematograph film: Influence of various film parameters, European Polymer J. 24 (1988) 707-712
  10. N.S.Allen, M.Edge, J.H.Appleyard, T.S.Jewitt & C.V.Horie, Degradation and stabilisation of historic cellulose acetate/nitrate base motion picture film, J.Photographic Science 36 (1988) 103-106
  11. N.S.Allen, M.Edge, J.H.Appleyard, T.S.Jewitt & C.V.Horie, The deterioration characteristics of archival cellulose triacetate base cinematographic film, J.Photographic Science 36 (1988) 199-203
  12. N.S.Allen, M.Edge, J.H.Appleyard, T.S.Jewitt & C.V.Horie, Fundamental aspects of the degradation of cellulose triacetate base cinematograph film, Polymer Degradation and Stability 25 (1989) 345-362
  13. N.S.Allen, M.Edge, J.H.Appleyard, T.S.Jewitt & C.V.Horie, The long term stability of cellulose-ester coatings, in Proceedings of the "Water borne and higher Solids Coatings Symposium New Orleans 1989, Organised by the University of Southern Mississippi and the Southern Society for Coatings Technology
  14. N.S.Allen, M.Edge, T.S.Jewitt & C.V.Horie, Stabilisation of cellulose triacetate base motion picture film, J.Photographic Science 38 (1990) 26-29
  15. M.Edge, N.S.Allen, M.Hayes, P.N.K.Riley, C.V.Horie, J.Luc-Gardette, Mechanisms of deterioration in cellulose nitrate base archival cinematographic film, European Polymer J. 26 (1990) 623-630
  16. N.S.Allen, M.Edge, T.S.Jewitt & C.V.Horie, Initiation of the degradation of cellulose triacetate base motion picture film, J.Photographic Science 38 (1990) 54-59
  17. M.Edge, N.S.Allen, T.S.Jewitt & C.V.Horie, Inhibition of oxidative and hydrolytic degradation pathways in archival cellulose-triacetate base cinematographic films, Polymer Degradation and Stability 29 (1990) 31-48
  18. M.Edge, N.S.Allen, D.A.R.Williams, F.Thompson, C.V.Horie, Methods for predictive stability testing of archival polymers: A preliminary assessment of cellulose triacetate based motion picture film, Polymer Degradation and Stability 35 (1992) 147-155
  19. N.S.Allen, M.Edge, T.S.Jewitt & C.V.Horie, Degradation and stabilisation of cellulose triacetate base motion picture film, J. Imaging Science and Technology 36 (1992) 4-12
  20. M.Edge, N.S.Allen, W.Chen & C.V.Horie, Degradation of magnetic tape: Binder oxidation studies European Polymer J. 29 (1993) 1031-1035
  21. M.Edge, N.S.Allen, M.Hayes, T.S.Jewitt, K.Brems & V.Horie, Degradation of magnetic tape: Support and binder stability Polymer Degradation and Stability 39 (1993) 207-214

6. Papers - polymers in conservationback to top

  1. C.V.Horie, Reversibility of polymer treatments, in Resins in Conservation, eds. J.O.Tate, N.H.Tennent and J.H.Townsend, Scottish Society for Conservation and Restoration (1983) ch.3
  2. C.V.Horie, Materials in glass conservation, 165-185 in Glass Conservation, eds. R.G.Newton and S.Davison, Butterworths (1989)
  3. Velson Horie, Silicones seal specimens, BDH News July 1989, 4
  4. C.V.Horie, Resins; useful but a problem, in Resins Ancient and Modern eds. M.M.Wright and J.H.Townsend, Scottish Society for Conservation and Restoration (1995) 1-3
  5. C.V.Horie & J.S.Mills, Resins, in Dictionary of Art, Macmillans (1996)
  6. C.V.Horie, Consolidants, in Dictionary of Art, Macmillans (1996)
  7. I.K.L.Vestergaard & C.V.Horie, A comparison of the interaction of five adhesives with mastadon tooth adherends, in Proceedings 11th triennial meeting of ICOM-Conservation Committee, Edinburgh 1996, (1996) 938-843
  8. C.V.Horie, Does what we want exist? in Adhesives and Consolidants, CCI (2011)

7. Papers - management and professionalback to top

  1. C.V.Horie, Museums Collections: Use or abuse (1981 Museums Association Conference),Conservation News 17 (1982) 6-7
  2. C.V.Horie, Conservation Grants- an analysis, Conservation News 28 (1985) 2-5.
  3. C.V.Horie, Who is a curator?, Int.J.Museum Management and Curatorship 5 (1986) 267-272.
  4. C.V.Horie, Professional accreditation of conservators: the development of professionalism in the conservation profession, NPO Journal, 5 (1999) 6-9
  5. C.V.Horie, Industrial standards of terminology for conservation, in Terminology for Museum Documentation, ed. D.A.Roberts, Museums Documentation Association (1990) 473-486
  6. C.V.Horie, Industrial standards of terminology for conservation of museum objects, in Standardization News, 17 (4) (1989) 40-43 [republication of 7e at the request of American Society for Testing and Materials]
  7. S.Keene (for the Working Party), Collections Condition Surveys, Museum of London (1991)
  8. C.V.Horie, The role of the informed client, recognising the need for specialist studies, in Delivering a Successful Museum Building, ed. M.Cassar, Royal Armouries Museum (1999) 45-50
  9. C.V.Horie, A massive step sideways, Professionalisation in Europe, Conservation News 68 (1999) 4-5
  10. C.V.Horie & J.Navarro, Writing for Conservation, Conservation News 69 (1999) 11-15
  11. C.V.Horie (Chair) for Joint Accreditation Group, Professional Accreditation of Conservator-Restorers (documents 1-5), National Council for Conservation-Restoration (1999)
  12. C.V.Horie, Professional Accreditation of Conservators: The development of professionalism in the conservation profession, NPO Journal, 5 (1999) 6-7
  13. C.V.Horie, Standards in Conservation Museums in Britain, 1 (2000) 5-6
  14. Velson Horie, Can conservators read (or write)?, Icon News, (Jan 2007) 60

8. Paper - paper conservationback to top

  1. Barry Knight & Velson Horie, The Identical Books Project, International Preservation News, 42 (2007) 18-21
  2. Velson Horie, The Identical Books Project – a survey of condition of paper across 6 UK libraries, Proceedings of the Durability of paper and Writing II conference, Ljubljana (2008)
  3. Velson Horie, The Identical Books Project, in Advances in Paper Conservation Research, ed. C.V.Horie, British Library (2009)
  4. Velson Horie, Measurements of Identical Books in the Legal Deposit Libraries, in Advances in Paper Conservation Research, ed. C.V.Horie, British Library (2009)
  5. Velson Horie, The smell of old books: Novel methods of measuring volatile organic compounds, Mass Matters 59 (July 2009) 17-18