Christopher Clarkson died peacefully on 31st March, 2017.

He was a world authority on manuscript conservation and a vocal supporter of education in the arts and crafts. He is survived by his wife Oonagh, children Eoghan and Siobhan, grandchild Seren, and his sister Josie.

A memorial was held at University of the Arts London on Monday 26th June, 2017.

Journal of Paper Conservation

A special issue of the Journal of Paper Conservation was edited by Rhea DeStefano and Alberto Campagnolo.

On this page we have collected a number of obituaries that have appeared in the press and journals.

The Guardian

Rare Book School (RBS)

International Institute for Conservation of Historic and Artistic Works (ICC)


The Book & Paper Gathering

The Oxford Mail

The Oxford Times

The Bodleian Library Record

  • Gilroy, N.,”Christopher (‘Chris’) Clarkson (1938–2017)”, The Bodleian Library Record, Volume 31, Numbers 1-2, April/October 2018.