Conservation of reused bindings (Part two)

Book conservation involves a tough decision making regarding usability and long term preservation handling.
Sometimes we are dealing with fragmentology, or disjecta membra (fragments of written supports are re-used as part of a binding, with a diverse purpose from the first use) whereas in other cases the purpose is the same, and the whole binding is being recycled to bind a different book.
Incunabula and manuscripts with laced-case and limp vellum bindings are studied. Continue reading

Conservation of re-used bindings (Part one)

Book conservation involves a tough decision making regarding usability and long term preservation handling.
Sometimes we are dealing with fragmentology, or disjecta membra (fragments of written supports are re-used as part of a binding, with a diverse purpose from the first use) whereas in other cases the purpose is the same, and the whole binding is being recycled to bind a different book.
Incunabula and manuscripts with laced-case and limp vellum bindings with rolled sewing on parchment are studied. Continue reading

Video about the profession of book and paper conservator

What does a paper conservator do? Whom does she work for? What skills and knowledge does she ought to have?
Preservation and conservation, a field linked to science, history and arts and crafts. A video explains what differenciates us from forgers and shows -among other- how we produce a hand-made suction table to restore paper artifacts, with loads of creativity, a feature most necessary to become book and paper conservator. Continue reading

Course: Conservation and repair of damaged books

COURSES > Conservation and Repair of Damaged Books Course: Conservation and repair of damaged books. Duration: Workshop with 4 theoretic and practical sessions (16 hours) Organization: Barcelona Libraries. Venue: Library Montserrat Abelló (Barcelona, Spain). Language: Catalan. Date: November 13th, 20th, 27th and … Continue reading

ICPWH (Sarajevo): A possible solution for paperback bindings

Event: First International Conference on Preservation of the Written Heritage. Lecture: A possible solution for paperback bindings. Organization: Gazi Husrev-bey’s Library, Sarajevo (Bosnia i Hercegovina). Venue: National Library of Bosnia (Gazi Husrev-begova Biblioteka). Audience: Book and paper conservators, librarians, historians, … Continue reading

Course: Conservation and repair of damaged books

COURSES > Conservation and Repair of Damaged Books Course: Conservation and repair of damaged books. Duration: Workshop with 3 theoretic and practical sessions (12 hours) Organization: Barcelona Libraries. Venue: Library Montserrat Abelló (Barcelona, Spain). Language: Catalan. Date: November 15, 22nd and December … Continue reading

20th anniversary of the conservation laboratory CRAI-UB

Event: 20th anniversary of the conservation laboratory from CRAI, University of Barcelona. Speech: From the master to the apprentice, an unfinished training. Organization: Centre de Recerca per a l’Aprenentatge i la Investigació de la Universitat de Barcelona (CRAI, UB). Venue: Chemistry and Physics … Continue reading

Cores Symposium: Reversible vs Irreversible

Event: Cores Symposium. Dilemmas: Between cherishing damage and cleaning up this mess. Restorers, collection managers and researchers on conservation and restoration. Lecture: Reversible vs Irreversible. Organization: Syntrawest, Vlaanderen Departement Cultuur, Jeugd en media Venue: State Archives, Brugge (Belgium). Audience: Paper conservators, curators, historians, librarians, archivists. … Continue reading

Paperback books conservation. Scouting library

Owner: Youth Documentary Center – Direcció General de Joventut. Generalitat de Catalunya (catalan government). Artefact: Joan Ballester Collection, paperback books (or perfect bound books) about boy-scouts movement (s.XIX-XX).