15 May 2007
A trainee learning how to conserve and repair books in the Oxford University libraries has won a scholarship to study in Italy this summer.
Alexandrea Catannea, Assistant Conservation Technician with Oxford University Library Services (OULS), has for the past 18 months been taking part in a training programme in book conservation and book and paper repair. Her experience of working in the Bindery in the Bodleian Library encouraged her to apply for Conservation By Design’s Nicholas Hadgraft Scholarship for study at the Montefiascone Book Conservation Summer School this year. Alexandrea won a scholarship for the School, which takes place every August in the medieval library of the Seminario Barbarigo in the hill town of Montefiascone, Viterbo province.
Alexandrea is the third recipient since the scholarship was set up after the early death of one of the school’s most passionate teachers, Nicholas Hadgraft. The scholarship will enable her to study two courses, one on medieval Arab bookbindings in Spain in the seventh to fifteenth centuries, and the other on the history and construction of Armenian bindings. She will have the chance to improve her binding skills and to learn more about the conservation of rare library materials.
‘This is a great opportunity for someone at the beginning of their career,’ she said.
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