Tag Archives: conservation

Conservation of Elizabeth Fry’s diaries

One of the most well-known Quakers is the 19th century philanthropist and friend of prisoners, Elizabeth Fry (1780–1845). Nearly all her diaries, covering most of her extremely busy life (spanning the years 1797 to 1845) are held by the Library. … Continue reading

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Rusty staples and red rot: a student conservator reports. Part 2

Sibel Ergener, of West Dean College, continues her guest blogpost on voluntary conservation work she undertook at the Library this summer. The Library of the Society of Friends is a working library with researchers making heavy use of its collections. … Continue reading

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Rusty staples and red rot: a student conservator reports. Part 1

We’re pleased to present the first of two guest blog posts from Sibel Ergener, a conservation student at West Dean, who recently spent a short but productive fortnight in the Library as a volunteer. Working on-site, with basic equipment, Sibel … Continue reading

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Preservation news: some eighteenth century minute books

Years of use take their toll on books and manuscripts. Even with the most careful handling, moving documents from shelf to trolley, transporting them from the strongroom to the readers’ table or simply opening and closing volumes all put a strain … Continue reading

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