In partnership with the British Library

In September, West Dean College signed an agreement to collaborate on a programme of training with the British Library. The College is delivering a portfolio of short courses into aspects of preservation and collection care for libraries based on that developed by the National Preservation Office and Preservation Advisory Centre. The programme focuses on Continued Professional Development and is aimed at professionals, conservation students and others interested in furthering their skills in this area. The jointly-branded courses are delivered at West Dean College and the British Library.

The initial three-year programme was signed by Peter Pearce, Chief Executive, West Dean College and Alasdair Ball, Head of Collection Management, British Library. L to R Francine Norris, Director of Education; David Dorning, Conservation of Books Programme Leader; Cordelia Rogerson, Head of Conservation and Alasdair Ball, Head of Collection Management, British Library.

Conservation is a highly specialised field. Take photographic collections. These are found in libraries, archives and museums all over the world. Their sensitivity to environmental conditions, and the speed with which images can deteriorate present special challenges.

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Historic photographs

Conservators need to understand and identify photographic processes and their vulnerability, learn about common conservation problems and solutions, and the preservation measures that can be taken to prolong the life and accessibility of photographic collections.

The College houses its own collection of historic photographs including those documenting the work of Edward James, poet and lifelong supporter of the Surrealists.

Help preserve our future

West Dean is part of a registered charity and relies on the support of generous donors, friends, legacies to help us deliver world-class education in conservation and the creative arts and maintain our award-winning gardens.

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