Mary Acton has worked on the conservation and restoration of ceramics, glass and related materials since the mid-80s. Her training included gaining the two-year full-time, post graduate diploma in Ceramic Conservation from the internationally renowned West Dean College affiliated to British Antique Dealers Association. Prior to graduating she experienced internships with museums and galleries. Whilst studying, Mary lectured at Lewes Adult Education Centre in the Care and Conservation of Ceramics. Having completed an internship at the British Museum. She then freelanced in a busy commercial workshop in London. She set up her own business in Dorset in 1990.
In 2002 she gained accreditation with ICON (The Institute of Conservation), a status that can only be obtained by experienced and technically capable conservators. Accreditation is a bench mark of quality and is used to define standards in conservation.
Mary Acton has a diverse range of clients, both national and international. These have included museums, The National Trust, Historic Houses Association and many other heritage organisations and private sector institutes as well as private collectors.