Conservator organic materials

Eliza Jacobi
tel: +31 (0)71 5163 169

Educational background and career

Eliza Jacobi (1981) obtained an MA in Art History from the University of Amsterdam in 2004. After this, she started her conservation training, specializing in Book and Paper, at the former Instituut Collectie Nederland (nowadays the Cultural Heritage Agency of the Netherlands). She completed this four year training in 2009 cum laude with a study and development of a safe method for repairing documents written with iron gall ink. In the last ten years she gave workshops on the topic of iron gall ink for conservators in Europe and beyond. Eliza worked since 2009 for several years at the private studio of Elizabeth Nijhoff Asser in Amsterdam and for shorter periods at the Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam, the Sultan’s palace in Yogyakarta (Indonesia), The National Gallery of Australia, and The Islamic Art Museum Malaysia.


Between 2017 and 2021 she had her own conservation studio in Leiden and worked as a freelancer for the University Library Leiden. In recent years, Eliza has specialized in objects made of paper, parchment and leather as well as relatively complex restoration treatments of organic materials such as papier-mâché, pith, palm leaves, and papyrus. Since 2019, Eliza has worked at the National Museum of Antiquities as a conservator of organic materials. Eliza also teaches at the University of Amsterdam within the Master Conservation and Restoration of Cultural Heritage.

Research and restoration projects

  • A Coptic codex from the 6th century (inv. nr. AMS 9) (2019 – 2020)
  • The book of death by Kenna (inv. nr. SR vel 1-39) (2020 – now)
  • Roman leather (2020 – now)
Eliza Jacobi


  • In progress: 2021 Jacobi, E., C.H. Scheper, E. Menei. “A complete Coptic codex – a material study and conservation approach of a relatively unknown bound papyrus manuscript” In: Suave Mechanicals : Essays on the History of Bookbinding Vol. 8, ed. Julia Miller, 2021, Ann Arbor, Michigan: The Legacy Press.
  • 2020 Jacobi, E. AMS 9: “Een papyrus codex uit Egypte” In: Archeologie Magazine, nr 5 (2020): 36-38.
  • 2017 Jacobi, E. Moisture and Mending: A Method for Doing Local Repairs on Iron Gall Ink. In: Adapt & Evolve 2015: East Asian Materials and Techniques in Western Conservation. Proceedings from the International Conference of the Icon Book & Paper Group, London 8-10 April 2015. Edited by: Whymark, Francesca. pp. 80-90.
  • 2016 Jacobi, E. “Workshop Hanji papier maken: Een verslag” Au Courant, Nr. 11 (2016).
  • 2014 Belhadj, Oulfa, C. Phan Tan Luu, E. Jacobi, S. Meslet-Struyve, S. Vez, B. Reissland, V. Rouchon. “The Dutch Fe-migration mending test: exploring further areas of use.” The Journal of Paper Conservation, 15 no. 1 (2014): 9-15.
  • 2014 Belhadj, O., C. Phan Tan Luu, E. Jacobi, B. Reissland, and V. Rouchon. “Un Nouvel Outil Pour évaluer Le Risque De Migration D’encres Ferrogalli ques: Possibilités Et Limites.” Support Tracé, no. 14 (2014): 61-67.
  • 2013 Jacobi, E. “The Dutch Fe-Migration test.” Journal of Paper Conservation, 14 no. 4 (2013): 38.
  • 2011 Jacobi, E. et al. “Rendering the invisible Visible. Preventing Solvent Induced Migration during Local Repairs on Iron Gall Ink.” Journal of Paper Conservation, 12 no. 2 (2011): 25-34.
  • 2011 E. Jacobi and B. van Velzen. “Instructables: Repair on Iron Gall ink with Remoistenable Tissue.” Journal of Paper Conservation, 12 no. 2 (2011): 37-38.
  • 2011 E. Jacobi and B. van Velzen. “Instructables: Remoistenable tissue.” Journal of Paper Conservation, 12 no. 2 (2011): 35.