Dust and dirt: Strategies for prevention and management

, 09.30 - 16.30
Dust covered books
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This training day builds an understanding of what dust is and why its management is important.

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 Caroline Bendix ACR (Independent Conservator) and Karen Bradford (British Library).

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:

  • What is dust and why does it matter?
  • Monitoring and measuring dust - A case study in progress at the British Library
  • Practical measures to prevent dust and dirt
  • Cleaning books and documents, shelves and stacks
  • Setting up a housekeeping programme and working with volunteers.


Students should arrive by 9.30am for registration.

Classes are from 9.30 - 4.30pm.

A working lunch in the Foyle Room is included.

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.


When: , 09.30 - 16.30


Where: Entrance Hall
The British Library
96 Euston Road
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Enquiries: +44 (0)1243 818219
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