Lieve Watteeuw studied Art History at KU Leuven and is since 1989 conservator-restorator of books, manuscripts and library materials. Her academic activity is concentrated in the border of medieval manuscript illumination, book production, art-technical research, and conservation/preservation strategies for heritage libraries.
In 2008 she got her PhD at the KU Leuven, with a research on the historiography of the restoration of manuscripts. Since 2009 Lieve Watteeuw is coordinator of the ICOM-CC Working Group Graphic Documents. In spring 2010, she was guest scholar at the J.P. Getty Research Institute and the J.P. Getty Museum, Manuscript conservation Department in Los Angeles.
She is currently working at the publication of her PhD research on the History of Conservation of Medieval Manuscripts (Chronos’ Touch. Caring for the Medieval Manuscript (1731-1937), Theory and History of Conservation (Corpus of Illuminated Manuscripts, 19), Leuven , 2014 (forthcoming). She is working in collaboration with the Royal Library of Belgium and the Royal Institute of Cultural Heritage (KIK-IRPA) and is consultant ‘collection care, conservation and preservation’ for Belgian museums and heritage libraries.