Science and the love of books: parchment, paper and bindings

14 February 2017 7.30pm 8.30pm


Blackwell Hall, Weston Library (Map)


Nicole Gilroy and Andrew Honey, Conservation & Collection Care, Bodleian Libraries


Janet Walwyn | 01865 287156


This talk is part of the Oxford Cafe Scientifique series, which aims to provide a public forum in which scientific ideas can be discussed informally involving scientists and non-scientists alike. Parchment manuscripts and printed books are one of mankind's most successful inventions. The materials used for their construction span the range of animal, vegetable and mineral and they can show remarkable longevity, some examples surviving for over a thousand years.

Nicole Gilroy and Andrew Honey, Book Conservators at the Bodleian Library, will discuss the physical and chemical properties sought by craftsmen in the production of parchment, paper and boards. They will discuss the methods used by those who developed these materials, the impact that these materials have had on the surviving manuscripts and early printed books, and the resulting implications for conservation of the Bodleian's collection.


This event is free but places are limited so please complete our booking form to reserve tickets in advance.

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