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Vanessa Santos Torres

Project Conservator for the Putting Flesh on the Bones Project

Vanessa Santos Torres

I joined the ‘Putting Flesh on the Bones Project’ team as Project Conservator. I am delighted to be part of this fascinating project funded by the Wellcome Trust and having the chance to work in a multidisciplinary team between the University of Bradford’s Special Collections and the Department of Archaeological Sciences.

Career history

I have a degree on Conservation and Restoration and I am specialised in Paper Conservation. Upon conclusion of my degrees, I had the chance to work on a range of different environments and countries which contributed to the consolidation of my knowledge on remedial conservation skills and preventive conservation. Since 2013 I have been the Conservator of the National Science and Media Museum, Bradford. It is with great satisfaction that I am now able to work on these two celebrated Bradford institutions.

Project role

With my expertise on paper and photographs conservation I am responsible for ensuring the long-term care of the Calvin Wells Archive is considered at all times – from suitable handling and packing to appropriate storage conditions. I will be performing conservation treatments on the archive to increase their stability and lifespan. I am delighted to being able to contribute towards its preservation to future generations of researchers and enthusiasts.


I am passionate about photography and printing techniques. During my free time I enjoy reading and experimenting with traditional printing.

Contact details


Telephone: 01274 236226 (extension 6226 for internal calls).