This training day will help librarians and archivists understand the types of bindings in their collections and will provide guidance on describing and handling bindings and on appropriate conservation techniques. It is aimed at librarians, archivists, volunteers and anyone working with collections of historic bindings who would like to understand more about the books that they handle.
There will be a look at the structural features of hand-made bookbindings from the printed era. Leaving aside fancy decoration and the printed word, Arthur Green will examine some common binding styles, concentrating on the specific materials and techniques used in their construction and the various reasons why they might degrade.
There will be a tour of the British Library's basement which is kept at a cool temperature, so please bring warmer clothing. Coats and bags are not allowed in the store for security reasons but will be stored securely during the tour.
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.