Her studies have included an internship at The National Archive, advanced preservation (archival materials) at University College London and an MA in the History of the Book from the University of London. Her developing specialities are preventive conservation, the history of blank books in the early modern period, and reading in the late eighteenth century. Jane Giscombe is an accredited conservator with the Institute of Conservation. She taught for English Heritage for a number of years at their library in Audley End, Saffron Waldon, Essex and on the MA Library course at the University of London. She has given papers on the history of the paper industry in early modern England, Henry Crabb Robinson’s reading in the late eighteenth century, and has written on the reception of Isaac Watts’s Hymns.