Lenny Hanson completed his BA in conservation course, with honors, at London's Camberwell College of Arts. His graduation was followed by a placement at the National Maritime Museum. In 1989, he joined the British Museum as an intern in the Prints and Drawings Department. Later that same year he was appointed full-time conservator at the Hulton Deutsch Collection (now Hulton Archive). Lenny also has an MA in photography history and culture from the London School of Printing.
Each day, Lenny essentially helps preserve our heritage through preserving the archive's unique illustrative record. As a glass-plate-negative conservationist, he is one of an elite group in the UK (one of just four in the entire country). Lenny's skills are extensive and specialized, and his advice is much sought after. Along with routinely cleaning and resleeving negatives and prints, his tasks range from delicately removing a 150-year-old albumen print from an acid-laden backboard to floating the emulsion layer off of a cockled diacetate cellulose negative and restoring it, like new, onto glass.
Lenny uses traditional photographic conservation methods as he works with myriad types of negatives and photographs in the archive (prints produced using albumen, colloidal, carbon, silver gelatin, salt processes and other negative types invented since the birth of photography).
Also a paper conservationist, Lenny looks after the entire archival collection of some 35 million assets including prints, etchings, engravings, film-based negatives, glass negatives, maps, cartoons, lithographs, letters, playbills and more.