Concerned about poor training in the field of the conservation of books and manuscripts, in 1987 Chris moved to The Edward James Foundation, Chichester, West Sussex, where he worked on many medieval manuscripts and ran an internship programme with a certain academic input. This provided an opportunity for select conservators from around the world to develop a deeper understanding of the conservation and repair of library and archive material.
Well known conservators (Fig 29) who had further training at Chris’s West Dean programme are:-
Edward ADCOCK, Amelia AMOS-RAMPTON, Rhea BAIER (now De Stefano), Katerina BALCAROVA (now Powell), Alberto BALLOTTA, Nancy BELL, Maria Luz (Mariluz) BELTRAN DE GEBARA, Hersteinn BRYNJULFSSON, Angela CRAFT, Maria Rosaria CASTELLETTI, Claire DEKLE, Tim EDWARDS, Sally GUTOWSKI, the late Nicholas HADGRAFT, Andrew HONEY, Dana JOSEPHSON, Chantal KARLI, Sally KEY, Joseph LANDRY, Barbara LUFF (now Venables), Fiona MacKINNON (now Prins), Jocelyn MARTIN, Lara Catherine MEREDITH, Bridget MITCHELL, Robert MINTE, Rafael REYES-AYOLE, Alessandro SIDOTI, Ann SPREADBURY (now Attwood), Jiri VNOUCKOVI.
Later at Oxford his interns were:- Angela NÚÑEZ GAITÁN and Flavio MARZO.