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Damaged books and bound archives:
practical first steps Full

Preservation Advisory Centre Training Day

Tuesday 21 January 2014

British Library Centre for Conservation
96 Euston Road, London NW1 2DB
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This training day is aimed at librarians and archivists. It provides an overview of how books and bound archives become damaged, action to minimise damage, and first steps to address common forms of damage. By the end of the day delegates will be able to:

  • recognise different types of damage
  • understand how damage is caused
  • minimise damage to books in their own organisation's collections
  • identify appropriate treatment options
  • make a protective enclosure for an item
  • recognise when volunteers could be used and when a conservator is needed.

Delegates who attended the previous training day on damaged books and bound archives commented that they gained 'practical information about damage and the realisation that I should constantly monitor the condition of items on the shelves'; and learnt 'practical skills in tape tying and producing melinex covers'. The day is led by accredited conservator, Caroline Bendix whose clients include the National Trust and English Heritage.


10.15 Registration
10.25 Welcome and introductions
10.30 Identification of different types of damage and recognition of the causes
11.30 Break
11.45 Simple steps for minimising damage
12.05 Understanding appropriate treatment options and decision-making for remedial treatment
13.00 Lunch
14.00 Understanding the use of protective enclosures. Practical exercise in tying tape and making Melinex™ wrappers
15.00 Break
15.15 Working with conservators and volunteers
16.15 Discussion
16.30 End