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Florence Darbre

Swiss conservator Florence Darbre graduated with a Licence es Lettres in art history and Egyptology from the University of Geneva in 1985. She trained as a conservator at the Bern Art Museum, the State and University Library in Bern and the Austrian National Library's Papyrus Collection in Vienna. She owns a private conservation studio and also works as the paper and papyrus conservator and restorer at the Foundation Martin Bodmer, Library and Museum, in Cologny (Geneva).

She is a member of the Institute for Conservation; the Internationale Arbeitsgemeinschaft der Archiv-, Bibliotheks- und Graphik- restauratoren; Association Suisse de Conservation et Restauration; ICOM Suisse; and the Association Suisse des Historiens et Historiennes de l'Art.

From 2001 to 2006, Darbre was part of the team that worked on conserving, transcribing, and translating the nearly-1,700-year-old codex containing the Gospel of Judas. Her role was the physical preservation and piecing together of the codex's crumbling papyrus pages. Darbre lives in Nyon, Switzerland.