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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.

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British Library / West Dean College of Arts and Conservation partnership courses 2018

West Dean College of Arts and Conservation 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 College of Arts and Conservation short course web pages here

Preserving Historic Photographs

11 December 2018
With Susie Clark

Cost: £143

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: identify historic photographic processes explain how damage is caused implement appropriate preservation measures commission conservation work. For further information about the course, please contact the Course Organiser: +44 (0)1243 818219 or cpd@westdean.org.uk The British Library is the national library of the United Kingdom and the second largest library in the world.

 

Doing Digitisation

12 December 2018
With Catt Thompson-Baum, Fiona Clancy, Flavio Marzo, Gayle Whitby, Rossitza Atanassova and Sotirios Alpanis

Cost: £143

Digitisation can increase access to collections, provide surrogates for vulnerable originals, enable virtual reunification of collections or reveal information not available to the naked eye. But how do you know where to start? What type of image should you create, what equipment do you need, how do you prepare items for digitisation? This training day covers the practical aspects of undertaking digitisation. It is focused on the digitisation of library and archive materials, though the principles are transferable to other formats. The day includes guidance on image specification and file formats, condition assessments, choosing equipment and file management. It includes a tour of the British Library imaging studios. For further information about the course, please contact the Course Organiser: cpd@westdean.org.uk or +44 (0) 1243 818219. For further information about booking, please telephone the Bookings Office: +44 (0)1243 818300. Website: www.westdean.org.uk The British Library is the national library of the United Kingdom and the second largest library in the world.

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