Meet The Team

The Doddington Hall tapestry conservation project was carried out by a dedicated team of qualified textile conservators. With a variety of different skills and backgrounds, together they worked 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 Welby

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. Louise is currently on maternity leave.


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 private textile conservation studio, she joined the team at Doddington Hall in January 2017.


Harriet Perkins

Harriet trained at the Centre for Textile Conservation at Glasgow University with an MPil in Textile Conservation. She has experience working on tapestries and other textiles through work experience at The Burrell Collection and Ashmolean Museum. Harriet joined the team as Tapestry Conservation Intern in January 2018.

Jane Drummond

Jane has a background in embroidery, having trained at the Royal School of Needlework and undertakes teaching on a regular basis. She gained experience of textile conservation, including tapestry, from her previous work in a private studio. Jane joined the team at Doddington Hall in June 2018.