Damaged books & bound archives: practical first steps with Caroline Bendix

Ref: L1D13629

Location: London
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About this course

This training day is aimed at librarians and archivists. It provides an overview of how books and bound archives become damaged, considers actions to minimise damage, and describes first steps to address common forms of damage. The training day is led by Caroline Bendix ACR (Independent Conservator).

Course Description

Identification of different types of damage and recognition of the causes.
Simple steps for minimising damage. 
Understanding appropriate treatment options and decision-making for remedial treatment.
Understanding use of protective enclosures.  
Protective exercise in tying tape and making Melinex™ wrapper.  
Working with conservation volunteers.


Timetable for one day courses held at the British Library in London.

Students should arrive by 9.30am for registration.

Classes are from 9.30 - 4.30pm.

A working lunch in the Foyle Room is included.

Course Materials

What students need to bring

One hardback book standard octavo size 22 cm height.


Caroline Bendix - West Dean Tutor

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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