Since more than twenty years our consultancy agency and workshop has been providing services for cultural heritage institutions and organizations.

We first started as conservator-restorer specialized in the conservation of paper and books. Because of the growing demand from cultural heritage institutions for advice and guidance concerning preservation, we gradually turned to what is now our core business: preventive conservation.


Is conservator-restorer and managing-director of The Silver Compasses.

He obtained his diploma of Paper and Book conservator-restorer in 1987 at the Higher Institute of Conservation and Restoration of the Book in Gent (Belgium).

In 2008 he obtained his Master in Fine Arts – Preventive Conservation at Northumbria University in Newcastle (United Kingdom).

Guy De Witte teaches “Preventive Conservation” and “Materials Science” at the
• Free University of Brussels
• Antwerp University
• Artesis Conservation and Restoration School in Antwerp
• The Library School in Gent

He is an accredited conservator-restorer in the UK by the PACR (Professional Accreditation Conservator-Restorer) Board since 2000.

He is a visiting team member of the St. Catherine Project Research Team at the Saint-Catherine Monastery in the Sinai (Egypt) and involved in the development of the Language of Binding thesaurus program (UK)

He is a member of ICON, IADA, IFLA and ICOM-CC. He is chairman of Conservationweb vzw(B) and member of the Board of Stichting Erfgoed Kennis (NL)


Educational Curriculum

Papers since 2008