Meet the team

The Doddington Hall tapestry conservation project is carried out by a dedicated team of qualified textile conservators. With a variety of different skills and backgrounds, together they are working to safeguard these incredible textiles for the future.


Melanie Leach

Melanie is a freelance textile conservator with a studio based in Norfolk. She has been an accredited member of the United Kingdom Institute for Conservation (ACR/ICON) since 1999, and has worked on numerous projects throughout her career, including the conservation of several tapestries from Hardwick Hall, Derbyshire, and textiles from The National Trust, Norfolk Museums, Britten-Pears Foundation and the Ickworth Church Trust amongst others. Melanie began as project consultant for the Doddington Hall Conservation Charity in January 2017.



Louise Joynson

Louise has a background in Applied Arts and voluntary work at the National Conservation Centre, National Museums Liverpool. She gained an MA in Conservation of Historical Objects at the University of Lincoln, which led her into the conservation profession. After graduating she carried out a two year Textile Conservation Internship at Historic Royal Palaces, two year period working at Janie Lightfoot Textiles Studio and then joined the Doddington Hall tapestry project in April 2014.

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Alison Stanton

Alison pursued a change of career in textile conservation following her B.A. (Hons) in History with The Open University in 2010. Alison retrained at the University of Lincoln, graduating with distinction from the M.A. Conservation of Historic Objects programme in 2015. After working in a freelance textile conservation studio she joined the team at Doddington Hall in January 2017.



Hannah Vickers

Hannah joined the team in April 2017, after a short contract at the British Museum. She graduated from the Centre for Textile Conservation at Glasgow University with an MPhil in Textile Conservation in 2016. She previously gained a B.A. (Hons) in the History of Art at the Courtauld Institute of Art. Through the project, she has been learning tapestry conservation techniques and working on ‘The Bearded Men’ fragment, which hangs above the doorway in the Yellow Bedroom.

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