Environment: Effective monitoring and management

, 09.30 - 16.30
Documents destroyed by the extremes of wet conditions and insect infestations in Mizoram – said to be the wettest place on the planet - northeast India. Endangered Archives Programme. Photography © Dr Kyle Jackson
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Understand the vulnerabilities and tolerances of your collections and how to set realistic and achievable targets.

This training day is aimed at people with responsibility for the care of library and archive collections. It is led by Jane Henderson, Professor of Conservation at Cardiff University.

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

Avoiding a 'one size fits all' approach to environmental parameters, the day helps you to understand the vulnerabilities and tolerances of your collections with a focus on humidity and temperature. It then shows how to set realistic and achievable targets that are appropriate to the materials in your care and the resources available to you. At the end of the day you will be in a strong position to take cost-effective decisions and prioritise actions for maintaining a sustainable environment.


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

Jane Henderson serves on the editorial panel of the Journal of the Institute for Conservation, is a co-opted member on the trustee board of the Welsh Federation of Museum and Art Galleries and is a visiting Researcher of the Scientific Conservation Institute in Beijing. Jane was delighted and honoured to win the Plowden medal in 2021.


When: , 09.30 - 16.30


Where: British Library St Pancras
Enquiries: +44 (0)1243 818219
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