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Conservation of the Codex Sinaiticus Seminar

Following the Codex Sinaiticus Conference (6-7 July 2009) to celebrate the virtual re-unification of all extant leaves of the iconic manuscript the British Library hosted a seminar on the conservation of the codex.


Conservation of the Codex Sinaiticus Seminar


8 July 2009, British Library Centre for Conservation

Codex Sinaiticus is a fourth-century manuscript of the Christian Bible, containing the earliest complete copy of the New Testament. The seminar presented the conservation work done on the Codex Sinaiticus by the four partner institutions: British Library, National Library of Russia, St Catherine’s Monastery and Leipzig University Library.


Conference Presentations

All presentations are in pdf format

> Helen Shenton, Head of Collection Care, British Library: Welcome and overview of the Codex Sinaiticus Project

> Juan Garcés, Greek Manuscripts Digitisation Project Manager, British Library: Codex Sinaiticus and the future of conservation data

> Gavin Moorhead, Conservator, British Library: Overview of the conservation documentation and parchment features of the Codex Sinaiticus

> Sara Mazzarino, Conservator, British Library: Condition of inks

> Flavio Marzo, Conservator, British Library: Conservation treatments

> Dr Barry Knight, Head of Conservation Research, British Library: Multispectral imaging

> Rene Larsen, Rector, School of Conservation, The Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts: Identification of animal source and specific deterioration phenomena

> Professor Nicholas Pickwoad, University of the Arts London: Conservation of the leaves and fragments at St Catherine's Monastery, Mount Sinai

> Ute Feller and Sophie Manns, Leipzig University Library: Conservation of the leaves at Leipzig University Library


> The full summary from the seminar can be viewed here.

> The programme from the seminar can be viewed here.


For a full press release on these events, visit the British Library’s Press Room.


Video below: Helen Shenton, Head of Collection Care, talks about the conservation of the Codex Sinaiticus

For more details visit the Codex Sinaiticus Conservation webpage


For more information, please contact:

Kissley Leonor
Administrative Support
Tel: +44 (0)20 7412 7714

Alison Faraday
BLCC Training Coordinator
Tel: +44 (0)20 7412 7776




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