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Audio: Preserving Mt Sinai's library

Talk by Nicholas Pickwoad at the British Library, 4 September 2007


St Catherine's, Mt SinaiThe library of Saint Catherine's Monastery on Mount Sinai, known as the source of the 'world's oldest Bible' the Codex Sinaiticus, has the world's most extraordinary collection of early Christian texts. Nicholas Pickwoad is one of the team helping preserve it for the future. Here he reveals some of the joys, frustrations, and amusements of working there.
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The library of Saint Catherine’s Monastery on Mount Sinai is the oldest library in Christendom. It has preserved manuscripts of outstanding importance and houses the largest collection of early Byzantine and Greek bindings to have survived.

The task of preserving it for the future requires an equally exceptional approach, one that will preserve not only access to the texts but also its unique character and archæological importance.

Nicholas Pickwoad is a book historian and conservator.

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