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Dust and dirt: strategies for prevention and management

Preservation Advisory Centre Training Day

Tuesday 11 June 2013


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

This training day builds an understanding of what dust is and why its management is important. It explores low-cost methods of monitoring dust and dirt and discusses methods of preventing its build-up. The day includes practical sessions on how to clean books and stack areas. It provides steps to follow when setting up a housekeeping programme and highlights what to think about if you are considering involving volunteers. The training day is led by Paul Garside (British Library), Jane Pimlott (British Library), and Caroline Bendix ACR (Independent Conservator).


10.00 Registration
10.15 Welcome and introductions
10.25 What dust is and why it matters
10.50 Monitoring and measuring dust: a case study in progress at the British Library
11.30 Break
11.45 Practical measures to prevent dust and dirt
12.15 Lunch
13.00 Cleaning books and documents, shelves and stacks
14.00 Break
14.15 Setting up a housekeeping programme and working with volunteers
15.45 Discussion and questions
16.00 End