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Dust and dirt: Strategies for prevention and management with Caroline Bendix

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About this course

This training day will focus on understanding the nature of dust and the threat it poses, as well as means by which dust can be cleaned and how collections may be protected from it.

Course Description

The day includes practical sessions on how to clean books and stack areas. It provides steps to follow when setting up a housekeeping programme and highlights what to think about if you are considering involving volunteers. The training day is led by Caroline Bendix ACR (Independent Conservator) and Karen Bradford (British Library).

The course will explore:

  • What is dust and why does it matter?
  • Monitoring and measuring dust - A case study in progress at the British Library.
  • Practical measures to prevent dust and dirt.
  • Cleaning books and documents, shelves and stacks.
  • Setting up a housekeeping programme and working with volunteers

For further information, please contact the Course Organiser: +44 (0)1243 818219 or

The course is held at the British Library, the national library of the United Kingdom and the second largest library in the world. British Library, 96 Euston Road, London NW1 2DB.


Timetable for one day courses.

Students should arrive by 9.30am for registration.

Classes are from 9.30 - 4.30pm.

Lunch can be purchased from the nearby British Library Terrace Restaurant.


Caroline Bendix

Caroline is an accredited freelance library conservator with 38 years' experience working for major national conservation bodies (many on a continuing consultancy basis), cathedrals, churches, synagogues, learned societies/institutions, museums, historic houses, private collections, universities, municipal collections, schools, the Government, Historic Royal Palaces and independent libraries.

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