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.