Damaged books and bound archives: practical first steps

, 9.30 - 16.30
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This training day provides an overview of how books and bound archives become damaged.

This training day is aimed at librarians and archivists. It provides an overview of how books and bound archives become damaged, considers actions to minimise damage, and describes first steps to address common forms of damage. The training day is led by Caroline Bendix ACR (Independent Conservator).

The British Library has collaborated with West Dean College to deliver this course Find more courses in this series of study days in preservation and collection care for libraries.

Course description

During the course you will learn:

  • Identification of different types of damage and recognition of the causes
  • Simple steps for minimising damage
  • Understanding appropriate treatment options and decision-making for remedial treatment
  • Understanding use of protective enclosures
  • Protective exercise in tying tape and making melinex™ wrapper
  • Working with conservation volunteers.

Timetable

Students should arrive by 9.30am for registration.

Class is from 9.30 - 4.30pm.

A working lunch in the Foyle Room is included.

What students need to bring

One Paperback book height of 22cm x width of 16cm x thickness of 3-4cm and one hardback book standard octavo size 22cm.

Your tutor

Caroline Bendix is an accredited freelance library conservator with 38 years' experience working for major national conservation bodies (many on a continuing consultancy basis), cathedrals, churches, synagogues, learned societies/institutions, museums, historic houses, private collections, universities, municipal collections, schools, the Government, Historic Royal Palaces and independent libraries.

The British Library has collaborated with West Dean College to deliver a programme of study days in preservation and collection care for libraries. The programme focuses on Continued Professional Development and is aimed at professionals, conservation students and others interested in furthering their skills in this area. This study day is suitable for anyone with any involvement with, or responsibility for care of libraries, archives and collections.

 

Details

When: , 9.30 - 16.30
Price:

£175

Where: Entrance Hall
The British Library
96 Euston Road
London
NW1 2DB
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Enquiries: +44 (0)1243 818219
cpd@westdean.org.uk
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