Conservation and Collection Care
The Book Conservation Team work to stabilize bindings, bound manuscripts and early-printed books with minimal interference to their original structures and features.
They also help to maintain the open-shelf references books and lending items in the libraries.
The team advise on the care of new acquisitions including artists books and modern media creations that are sometimes hard to recognise as a book at all.
They contribute to the teaching, research and public engagement activity of the libraries and the University, from running sessions for doctoral researchers to hands-on discovery workshops for schools.
The Paper Conservation Team undertakes interventive conservation treatments to stabilise the condition of works on paper and other materials such as parchment and papyrus, with expertise in treating vulnerable media as well as large formats and scrolls.
They also design bespoke mounting and housing; advance the understanding of our collections through the study of their materiality; and support the dissemination as well as the enjoyment of the collections through our involvement with digital programmes and exhibitions.