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Behind the scenes tours of the Conservation Studios

First Thursday of the month, 14.00-15.00

See the work of conservation on a 'behind the scenes' tour of the studios in the Centre for Conservation. These tours, led by British Library conservators, give an insight into the techniques used to care for our collections.

Please read Notes for visitors (PDF format) before your visit.

To book see What's on

 

British Library / West Dean college partnership Courses 2017

West Dean College has collaborated with the British Library to deliver a programme of courses in preservation and collection care for libraries. The programme focuses on Continued Professional Development and is aimed at professionals, conservation students and others interested in furthering their skills in this area

For booking information please see West Dean short course web pages here

 

Damaged books and bound archives

Caroline Bendix

Ref: BL22 8 March 2017

Location: The British Library, London

This training day is aimed at librarians and archivists. It provides an overview of how books and bound archives become damaged, considers actions to minimise damage, and describes first steps to address common forms of damage. The training day is led by Caroline Bendix ACR (Independent Conservator). Please ensure that you bring with you on the day: One Paperback book height of 20cm x width of 13cm x thickness of 2-3cm and one Hardback book standard octavo size 22 cm. For further information about the course, please contact the Course Organiser: +44 (0)1243 818219 or cpd@westdean.org.uk

For booking information please see West Dean short course web pages here

 

Leather species identification

Yvette Fletcher

Ref: BL23 22 March 2017

Location: The British Library, London

This training day is aimed at leather conservators and other museum and library professionals who wish to develop an understanding of species identification. It provides a practical guide to the identification of animal species commonly used in leather and a very brief overview of tannages. It is led by Yvette Fletcher ACR, Head of Conservation, The Leather Conservation Centre, Northampton. For further information about the course, please contact the Course Organiser: +44 (0)1243 818219 or cpd@westdean.org.uk

Course fee: £130.00

For booking information please see West Dean short course web pages here

 

Salvage Half-day – AM

Emma Dadson

Ref: BL24A 4 April 2017

Location: The British Library, London

This practical hands-on course focuses on the techniques and strategies that may need to be applied in dealing with water-damage to collections in libraries and archives. The course will convey methods that can be deployed in dealing with both minor and major water-damage incidents that impact on books, documents and other holdings, and using case studies and worked examples, help participants to quantify their capacity and capability to deal with incidents themselves. By the end of the course, participants will be able to: * Have a clear understanding about safe and sensible actions in containing an incidents * Salvage damaged books in-house where appropriate * Understand the role of stabilisation and how to prevent secondary damage Previous attendees commented that they had learnt 'how much there is to think about when dealing with a disaster and how to prioritise actions', 'the importance of preparedness, tips for emergency kits and for small scale incidents', and 'how to assess what we can cope with ourselves and when to call in help'. This session is limited to only 15 places. Please state on the Booking Form which session you wish to attend, morning or afternoon, or your booking will not be processed. The half-day is led by Harwell Document Restoration Services.

Course fee: £61.00

 

Preserving Historic Photographs

Susie Clark

Ref: BL25 10 May 2017

Location: The British Library, London

Photographic collections are found in libraries, archives and museums all over the world. Their sensitivity to environmental conditions, and the speed with which images can deteriorate present special challenges. This one day training session is led by Susie Clark, accredited photographic conservator. It is aimed at those with responsibility for the care of photographic collections regardless of institutional context. The day provides an introduction to understanding and identifying photographic processes and their vulnerability, information on common conservation problems and solutions, and the preservation measures that can be taken to prolong the life and accessibility of photographic collections. Contact with real examples of different photographic processes is an important feature of this training session which is therefore limited to only 16 places. At the end of the day participants will be able to: \tab identify historic photographic processes \tab explain how damage is caused \tab implement appropriate preservation measures \tab commission conservation work. For further information about the course, please contact the Course Organiser: +44 (0)1243 818219 or cpd@westdean.org.uk

Course fee: £130.00

 

Dust and dirt: Strategies for prevention and management

Caroline Bendix

Ref: BL26 17 May 2017

Location: The British Library, London

Dust is a constant presence in most libraries and archives and can be harmful to collections. This training day will focus on understanding the nature of dust and the threat it poses, as well as means by which dust can be cleaned and how collections may be protected from it. At the end of the day delegates will have: A clear understanding of how dust forms and from what it is made Practical knowledge of cleaning collections Awareness of health and safety issues The ability to identify pest and mould damage Details of various methods of protecting against dust The ability to set up a housekeeping programme An understanding of using volunteers to help clean collections For further information about the course, please contact the Course Organiser: +44 (0)1243 818219 or cpd@westdean.org.uk

Course fee: £130.00

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