Books & Library Materials

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    Thinking outside the box

    Posted on 7th June 2017

    Much to my surprise, the second object that arrived on my bench in the Book Conservation Department was not a book at all, but a nineteenth-century French carriage clock travelling box.

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    Making Bone Folders from an Antler

    Posted on 16th November 2016

    Last winter, a few of us from the books department decided to go for a little hike one weekend and found ourselves walking through some woodland about half an hour from the school. One of the group came across an antler, which she wasn't too keen on keeping, so I thought I'd take it back to school and have a go at making some custom bone folders.

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    Library Stacks vs. Data Stacks: The impact of digitization on the objects we conserve.

    Posted on 27th September 2016

    In our digital age, the very nature of the collection is changing. In light of rapid advances in technology and the rise of the internet, how we access, view and interpret a collection of objects is no longer as restricted as it once was. Yet it strikes me that there may be a price to pay for this new-found digital freedom and that its impact on the role of the conservator may be profound.

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    Historic Model—Gothic Binding

    Posted on 5th August 2016

    Students in the postgraduate Books and Library Materials Conservation program are assigned a historic model project in their second term. It is probably the most universally loved assignment of the year. This year, Lucy made an Armenian binding, Jess made a Spanish ledger binding, Laura made a replica of the Faddan More Psalter, and I made a chunky Gothic binding with bronze corners, centerpieces, and clasps. I think they are all magnificent.

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    Alumni Reports: Mariko Watanabe

    Posted on 1st March 2016

    Mariko graduated from the book conservation program in 2013, and immediately moved to Singapore and started working for Q Art Conservation-the place where she had done her work placement as a postgraduate student. We last heard from her when she first started; here's what she's been up to recently.

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