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Understanding and caring for bookbindings - Full

British Library Training Day

Thursday 5 June 2014

British Library Centre for Conservation
96 Euston Road, London NW1 2DB

This training day will help librarians and archivists understand the types of bindings in their collections and will provide guidance on handling and describing bindings and on appropriate conservation techniques. Participants will be given an overview of the history of Western bookbindings, with examples drawn from British Library collections. There will be a an opportunity to visit the studios in the British Library Centre for Conservation. At the end of the day participants will be able to:

  • recognise different bookbinding structures and materials
  • describe bookbinding styles and structures
  • understand why bookbindings deteriorate
  • minimise the risk of damage to bookbindings
  • commission appropriate conservation work.


10.00Introductions and welcome
10.15Binding types and structures and their significance
David Pearson, Guildhall Library
12.00Handling bindings: the use of supports and protective enclosures
Sarah Hamlyn, British Library
13.45Describing bindings
Karen Limper-Herz, British Library
14.25The conservation of bookbindings
Roswitha Ketzer, British Library
15.40Tour of the Centre for Conservation

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